Definitions of prefer

  1. To esteem more than something else; present, as a request; to choose instead of something else.
  2. 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.
  3. To offer; exalt; esteem above others; choose.
  4. To offer.
  5. To esteem above others.
  6. To advance; appoint.
  7. like better; value more highly; " Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; " We prefer sleeping outside"
  8. promote over another; " he favors his second daughter"
  9. give preference to one creditor over another
  10. 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.
  11. To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. To regard more than another; to promote; to exalt: to offer; to present.
  15. 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.
  16. Preferably.
  17. Preferable.
  18. Preferred.