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
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), favour, be more partial to, lean/incline towards, think preferable;
choose, select, pick, opt for, go for, vote for, plump for, single out, elect, wish, desire, want
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, tender, present, place, lay, submit, put forward, proffer, offer, propose
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