Prefer Definition

preferred, preferring, prefers
preferred, preferring, prefers
To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value.
Prefers coffee to tea.
American Heritage
To put before someone else in rank, office, etc.; promote; advance.
Webster's New World
To give preference or priority to (a creditor, etc.)
Webster's New World
To put before a magistrate, administrator, court, etc. for consideration, sanction, or redress.
To prefer charges against an attacker.
Webster's New World
To present (a charge) against a defendant before a court.
Prefer an indictment.
American Heritage

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

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