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pre·fer

prefer

 
 
pronunciation:
pr fuhr
grammatical pattern:
verb + gerund, verb + inf., verb + smby + inf., verb + poss. + gerund, verb + that + subj., verb + smth + adj., verb + IT + when
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: prefers, preferring, preferred
definition 1: to consider more desirable than something else.
She prefers dark chocolate to milk chocolate.He prefers walking to taking the bus.[verb + gerund ] I far prefer her as a candidate over him.I prefer to live in a small town rather than in a large city.[verb + inf. ] They prefer us to come on the weekend rather than during the week.[verb + smby + inf. ] I prefer his living here to his living in an apartment he cannot afford.[verb + poss. + gerund ] We prefer that our son be seen by another doctor.[verb + that + subj. ] I prefer that she sit here next to me.[verb + that + subj. ] No sugar or cream, please. I prefer my coffee black.[verb + smth + adj. ] I don't mind your borrowing my clothes, but I prefer it when you ask me first.[verb + IT + when ]
synonyms:
favor
similar words:
choose, fancy, like, select
definition 2: to promote or put forward for advancement.
He was preferred by his commanding officer.
synonyms:
endorse, promote
similar words:
favor
definition 3: to give precedence to (a creditor).
similar words:
favor
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derivation: preferrer (n.)
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