Definition of prefer in English:


Syllabification: pre·fer
Pronunciation: /prəˈfər

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 candidate
More 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.
like better, would rather (have), would sooner (have), favor, be more partial to;
choose, select, pick, opt for, go for
2 formal Submit (a charge or a piece of information) for consideration: the police will prefer charges
More 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.
bring, press, file, lodge, lay
3 archaic Promote or advance (someone) to a prestigious position: he was preferred to the post


late Middle English: from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre, from prae 'before' + ferre 'to bear, carry'.

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