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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.]