[prɪ'fɜː] or [prɪ'fɝ]


(verb.) like better; value more highly; 'Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels'; 'We prefer sleeping outside'.

(verb.) promote over another; 'he favors his second daughter'.

(verb.) give preference to one creditor over another.

卡尔文校对--From WordNet


(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.

(v. t.) 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.

(v. t.) 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.



v. a. [1]. Offer, present, address, bring forward, set forth.[2]. Raise, exalt, promote, advance.[3]. Choose, select, elect, pick, pick out, single out, fix upon, pitch upon.



SYN:Choose, elect, select, fancy, promote, advance, further

ANT:Reject, postpone, defer, withhold, degrade, depress



v.t. to esteem above another: to regard or hold in higher estimation: to choose or select before others: to promote: to exalt: to offer or present as a request: to bring forward for consideration: to place in advance:—pr.p. prefer′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. preferred′.—ns. Preferabil′ity Pref′erableness.—adj. Pref′erable worthy to be preferred or chosen: more desirable or excellent: of better quality.—adv. Pref′erably by choice: in preference.—n. Pref′erence the act of preferring: estimation above another: the state of being preferred: that which is preferred: choice.—adj. Preferential (pref-ėr-en′shal) having a preference.—adv. Preferen′tially.—ns. Prefer′ment the act of preferring: the state of being preferred or advanced: advancement to a higher position: promotion: superior place esp. in the church; Prefer′rer one who prefers.—Preference shares or stock shares or stock on which the dividends must be paid before those on other kinds.





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