Prefer meaning

prĭ-fûr'
Prefer is defined as to like someone or something better than another.

An example of to prefer is choosing vanilla over chocolate.

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To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value.

Prefers coffee to tea.

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To put before someone else in rank, office, etc.; promote; advance.
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To put before something or someone else in one's liking, opinion, etc.; like better.
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To give preference or priority to (a creditor, etc.)
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(now dated) To advance, promote (someone). [from 14th c.]
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To be in the habit of choosing something rather than something else; to favor; to like better. [from 14th c.]
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To present or submit (something) to an authority (now usually in "to prefer charges"). [from 16th c.]
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1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, XVII.

Such were the arguments which my will boldly preferred to my conscience, as coin which ought to be current, and which conscience, like a grumbling shopkeeper, was contented to accept [...].

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To put before a magistrate, administrator, court, etc. for consideration, sanction, or redress.

To prefer charges against an attacker.

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To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote.
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Origin of prefer

  • Middle English preferren from Old French preferer from Latin praeferre prae- pre- ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman, Middle French preferer, (French préférer), from Latin praeferō.
    From Wiktionary