verb (prefers, preferring, preferred)[with object]
- 1Like (one thing or person) better than another or others; tend to choose: I prefer Venice to Rome [with infinitive]: I would prefer to discuss the matter in private [with clause]: Val would presumably prefer that you didn’t get arrested (as adjective preferred) his preferred candidateMore example sentences
- People have become lazy, preferring their favourite programmes to films.
- Couples preferring a civil ceremony are increasingly choosing an approved location such as a hotel or stately home with a licence rather than a register office.
- Many people simply prefer the star and will choose it over the other symbols.
- 2 • formal Submit (a charge or a piece of information) for consideration: the police will prefer chargesMore example sentences
- The person in question was a solicitor against whom the Law Society preferred three charges of misconduct.
- The Prosecutor, before preferring the charges against the accused, looks for and gathers the evidence.
- Jane has been the victim of an unlawful drugs raid although no charges were preferred after it.
late Middle English: from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre, from prae 'before' + ferre 'to bear, carry'.