prefer

verb
ADVERB
greatly, much, overwhelmingly, strongly, vastly

I greatly prefer this version.

I much prefer the orchestra's 1998 recording of the symphony.

just, simply

You may simply prefer just to sit on the terrace with a cocktail.

really

I would really prefer to teach girls.

rather, slightly
certainly, definitely

Egg pasta is certainly preferred by many chefs.

clearly, obviously
apparently

Huge majorities apparently prefer reducing unemployment to fighting inflation.

generally, normally, typically, usually
naturally

Employers naturally prefer candidates with some previous experience of the job.

personally
still
VERB + PREFER
would

We can eat out if you like, but I would prefer to stay in.

tend to

Industries still tend to prefer virgin raw materials to recycled ones.

appear to, seem to
happen to

I happen to prefer action movies myself.

PREPOSITION
over

A son is usually preferred over a female heir.

to

I prefer his earlier paintings to his later ones.

Prefer is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑voter
Prefer is used with these nouns as the object: ↑anonymity, ↑approach, ↑solitude, ↑term

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • prefer — 1. The inflected forms of the verb are preferred, preferring, but other derivatives have a single r (preferable, preferably, preference, preferential, preferment). 2. When the subject of prefer is the same as that of a following subordinate verb …   Modern English usage

  • Prefer — Pre*fer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preferring}.] [F. pr[ e]f[ e]rer, L. praeferre; prae before + ferre to bear or carry. See 1st {Bear}.] 1. To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prefer — pre·fer /pri fər/ vt pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring 1: to give (a creditor or debt) priority or preference any preferred charges such as child support or alimony In re Smiley, 427 P.2d 179 (1967) 2: to bring forward for determination; esp: to bring (a… …   Law dictionary

  • prefer — [prē fʉr′, prifʉr′] vt. preferred, preferring [ME preferren < MFr preferer < L praeferre, to place before < prae , PRE + ferre, BEAR1] 1. to put before someone else in rank, office, etc.; promote; advance 2. to put before a magistrate,… …   English World dictionary

  • prefer — late 14c., to put forward or advance in rank or fortune, to promote, from L. praeferre place or set before, carry in front, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + ferre to carry, to place (see INFER (Cf. infer)). Meaning to esteem (something)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prefer — 1 *choose, select, elect, opt, pick, cull, single Analogous words: accept, *receive, admit, take: *approve, endorse, sanction: favor, *oblige, accommodate 2 *offer, proffer, tender, pr …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prefer — [v] favor; single out adopt, advance, aggrandize, be partial to, be turned on to, choose, cull, desire, elect, elevate, fancy, finger, fix upon, go for, incline, like better, mark, optate, opt for, pick, place, pose, present, promote, propone,… …   New thesaurus

  • prefer — ► VERB (preferred, preferring) 1) like (someone or something) better than another or others; tend to choose. 2) formal submit (a charge or information) for consideration. 3) archaic promote to a prestigious position. ORIGIN Latin praeferre bear… …   English terms dictionary

  • prefer */*/*/ — UK [prɪˈfɜː(r)] / US [prɪˈfɜr] verb [transitive] Word forms prefer : present tense I/you/we/they prefer he/she/it prefers present participle preferring past tense preferred past participle preferred [never progressive] to like or want someone or… …   English dictionary

  • prefer — v. 1) (D; tr.) ( to bring ) to prefer against (to prefer charges against smb.) 2) (D; tr.) to prefer to (she prefers fish to meat) 3) (E) we prefer to remain at home 4) (G) I preferred going to a concert 5) (esp. BE) (H; no passive) I d prefer… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • prefer — pre|fer [ prı fɜr ] verb transitive *** never progressive to like or want someone or something more than someone or something else: Which do you prefer, the red or the blue one? prefer someone/something to someone/something: Even today, most… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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