definition: to consider more desirable than something else.
example: She prefers dark chocolate to milk chocolate.
example: He prefers walking to taking the bus.
example: I prefer to live in a small town rather than in a large city.
example: They prefer us to come on the weekend rather than during the week.
example: I prefer his living at home to his living in an apartment he cannot afford.
example: We prefer that our son be seen by another doctor.
example: I prefer that she sit here next to me.
definition 1: to note the likenesses and differences of.
example: The professor compared the economic system in the U.S. with the economic system in China.
example: She’s always comparing him with his brother and making him feel like he doesn’t measure up.
definition 2: to liken (one thing) to another.
example: He compared her eyes to two shimmering pools.
example: She compared her daughter’s room to a pigsty.
definition 1: something produced or brought on by something else.
example: The effects of not sleeping are fatigue and inattention.
example: The wine was beginning to have an effect on her.
definition 1: to bring into being or operation; cause to happen.
example: As a politician, he worked to effect change.
definition 1: to put forth for consideration; propose.
example: The guidance counselor suggested several options.
example: He suggested that they go to lunch now and resume the meeting later.
example: I suggested that he limit the letter to one typed page.
example: She suggested getting outside help on the project, but nobody listened.
example: Has anyone suggested scrapping the idea and starting all over again?
definition 2: to propose as suitable for some purpose.
example: I suggested light blue for the curtains.
example: Can you suggest a good dentist in the area?
definition 3: to state as a possibility or bring to mind indirectly; imply.
example: By that remark, are you suggesting that I’m stingy?
example: This passage in the story suggests a deeper meaning.
example: The results of the study suggest that this gene is the trigger.
definition: to participate; involve oneself.
example: The guests engaged in small talk before dinner.
example: How long have you engaged in this kind of volunteer activity?
example: Many individuals engaged in the effort to help the victims of the hurricane.