[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.
(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. . Offer, present, address, bring forward, set forth.. Raise, exalt, promote, advance.. 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.
- I prefer unlucky things. 戴维·赫伯特·劳伦斯. 恋爱中的女人.
- If I must disgrace myself by such a bargain with any man, I prefer that it be one I already despise. 埃德加·赖斯·巴勒斯. 人猿泰山.
- I ask for information; I ask YOUR daughter; I prefer to speak to her. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- Some prefer a preparation in the form of a paste, as follows: =Cherry Tooth Paste. 威廉K.戴维. 智者、化学家和伟大医生的秘密.
- Even at this day the ignorant denizens of the neighboring country prefer not to sleep in it. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- Nothing could be more natural and proper than for my Professor to open a school, and for me to prefer to reside in my own estate. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- I prefer trying to report Mr. Franklin's discoveries, as nearly as may be, in Mr. Franklin's own words. 威尔基·柯林斯. 月亮宝石.
- I advanced; then paused by the crib side: my hand was on the curtain, but I preferred speaking before I withdrew it. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 简·爱.
- I am going to be a favourite: preferred before papa soon, I daresay. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- We can give Mr. Copperfield seventy-two, sir, if it would be preferred. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- I should have preferred writing my report, instead of communicating it by word of mouth. 威尔基·柯林斯. 月亮宝石.
- I have little doubt he would have preferred such an employment in his heart to all others. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- Now that he had reached a cooler moment he would have preferred a less hasty marriage; but the card was laid, and he determined to abide by the game. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- There was a seat for Mr. Peggotty too, but he preferred to stand, leaning his hand on the small rustic table. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- He had been to the Opera, and knew the merits of the principal actors, preferring Mr. Kean to Mr. Kemble. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- I shall be too busy for whist; I shall have two parishes, said the Vicar, preferring not to discuss the virtues of that game. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- Once, upon his preferring such an accusation, I turned upon him--I rose against him. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- It was not a fashionable place, but even among the pleasant people there, the girls made few friends, preferring to live for one another. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- For the present Lord Steyne lives at Naples, preferring the view of the Bay and Capri and Vesuvius to the dreary aspect of the wall in Gaunt Square. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- Several hundred refused to sign their paroles, preferring to be sent to the North as prisoners to being sent back to fight again. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- It is painful and difficult to decide when we find two claimants thus directly in opposition to each other, and mutually preferring charges of falsehood and fraud. 弗雷德里克·科利尔·贝克维尔. 伟大的事实.
- They say he will eat any thing he can get between meals, but he prefers oakum. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- Your mamma prefers other accomplishments, I fancy. 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- It prefers the rule of its fri ends to the rule of a despot. 李贝. 西洋科学史.
- He prefers to take as few people as possible into his confidence. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- They give one a lemon to squeeze into it, or iced milk, if he prefers it. 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- He prefers a mixture of forms of government to any single one. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- Prefers carriage exercise. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.