Definition of prefer in English:


Line breaks: pre¦fer
Pronunciation: /prɪˈfəː

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
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    • 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
    informal fancy


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

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