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Meaning of PREFER

Pronunciation:  pri'fur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative; "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"
  2. [v]  like better; value more highly; "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside"
  3. [v]  promote over another
  4. [v]  give preference to one creditor over another; in law

PREFER is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: choose, favor, favour, opt
 See Also: advance, advantage, cop out, elevate, kick upstairs, like, opt out, pay, promote, raise, upgrade



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*fer"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preferred}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Preferring}.] [F. pr['e]f['e]rer, L. praeferre; prae
before + ferre to bear or carry. See 1st {Bear}.]
1. To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one;
   hence, to bring for consideration, acceptance, judgment,
   etc.; to offer; to present; to proffer; to address; --
   said especially of a request, prayer, petition, claim,
   charge, etc.

         He spake, and to her hand preferred the bowl.

         Presently prefer his suit to C[ae]sar. --Shak.

         Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high.

2. To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to
   surpass. [Obs.] ``Though maidenhood prefer bigamy.''

3. To cause to go before; hence, to advance before others, as
   to an office or dignity; to raise; to exalt; to promote;
   as, to prefer an officer to the rank of general.

         I would prefer him to a better place. --Shak.

4. To set above or before something else in estimation,
   favor, or liking; to regard or honor before another; to
   hold in greater favor; to choose rather; -- often followed
   by to, before, or above.

         If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. --Ps.
                                               cxxxvii. 6.

         Preferred an infamous peace before a most just war.

{Preferred stock}, stock which takes a dividend before other
   capital stock; -- called also {preference stock} and
   {preferential stock}.

Syn: To choose; elect. See {Choose}.