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tr.v. pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring, pre·fers
1. To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value: prefers coffee to tea.
a. To give priority or precedence to (a creditor).
b. To present (a charge) against a defendant before a court: prefer an indictment.
c. To present (a case) to a court as ready for consideration: prefer the case for trial.
3. Archaic To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote.
[Middle English preferren, from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre : prae-, pre- + ferre, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]
liked better or valued more highly; having preference
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|Adj.||1.||preferred - more desirable than another; "coffee is preferable to tea"; "Danny's preferred name is `Dan'"|
desirable - worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome"
|2.||preferred - preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child"|
loved - held dear; "his loved companion of many years"
adj creditor → bevorrechtigt