Definitions of prefer

  1. 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. give preference to one creditor over another; in law
  3. like better; value more highly; " Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; " We prefer sleeping outside"
  4. promote over another; " he favors his second daughter"
  5. give preference to one creditor over another
  6. 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.
  7. To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To esteem more than something else; present, as a request; to choose instead of something else.
  11. Preferred.
  12. Preferring.
  13. Preferably.
  14. To esteem above another: to regard or hold in higher estimation: to choose or select: to promote: to exalt: to offer or present, as a prayer: to place in advance:- pr. p. preferring; pa. t. and pa. p. preferred.
  15. To offer; exalt; esteem above others; choose.
  16. To offer.
  17. To esteem above others.
  18. To advance; appoint.
  19. Preferable.
  20. To regard more than another; to promote; to exalt: to offer; to present.
  21. To honour or esteem above another; to esteem or like more than something else; to advance or promote, as to office or dignity; in law, to put forward or exhibit formally, as a charge; to offer; to present.

Usage examples for prefer

  1. Of his conduct towards me I prefer to say no more. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  2. I mean how would you prefer to have it? – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  3. I prefer not writing about it. – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer
  4. I should prefer going in for the writing at once. – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald
  5. " I prefer not to think of her," murmured Lady Valleys. – The Patrician by John Galsworthy
  6. I prefer to wait a little; to give my wife a chance. – The Chief Legatee by Anna Katharine Green
  7. No; I shall go and take things as I find them, and I should prefer to go without notice. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  8. " Well, I prefer Peppers," declared Steavens, with an air of relief. – True and Other Stories by George Parsons Lathrop
  9. I could not endure to see you deceived, for I do prefer your happiness to my own. – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  10. No doubt his Kate would like to be the Countess Scroope,- would prefer that a future son of her own should be the future Earl. – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope
  11. But I thought he would prefer a piece of sugar. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  12. Oh, very well, if you prefer that kind. – Shorty McCabe on the Job by Sewell Ford
  13. It may be done then, or in winter, as you prefer – Soil Culture by J. H. Walden
  14. " Just as you prefer – The Young Musician or, Fighting His Way by Horatio Alger
  15. Both of you have been told to look after me, and I prefer to be looked after by you. – A Little Rebel by Mrs. Hungerford
  16. No, I prefer the Warren, as you know. – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  17. There are so many, I returned, quietly, and I do not know which you would prefer – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  18. " I would prefer the water," he said at last. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various
  19. Really, I would much prefer that you shouldn't. – Sowing Seeds in Danny by Nellie L. McClung
  20. And till the right one appears, I prefer my own wild ways. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward