American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value: prefers coffee to tea.
- v. Law To give priority or precedence to (a creditor).
- v. Law To file, prosecute, or offer for consideration or resolution before a magistrate, court, or other legal authority: preferred the suit in a higher court.
- v. Archaic To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring or set before; present; proffer; offer.
- To offer for consideration or decision; set forth; present in a conventional or formal manner, as a suit, prayer, or accusation.
- To bring into notice or favor; recommend.
- To bring forward or advance in dignity or office; raise; exalt.
- To set before other things in estimation; hold in greater liking or esteem; choose; incline more toward.
- Specifically, in law, to give a preference to. See preference, 2.
- To outrank; be reckoned preferable to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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. obsolete To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.
- v. To cause to go before; hence, to advance before others, as to an office or dignity; to raise; to exalt; to promote.
- v. 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. select as an alternative over another
- v. give preference to one creditor over another
- v. promote over another
- v. like better; value more highly
- From Anglo-Norman, Middle French preferer, (French préférer), from Latin praeferō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English preferren, from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre : prae-, pre- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Esquimaux prefer it raw in these parts of the world (although some travellers assert that in more southern latitudes they prefer cooked meat), and with good reason, for it is much more nourishing than cooked flesh; and learned, scientific men, who have wintered in the Arctic regions, have distinctly stated that in those cold countries they found raw meat to be better for them than cooked meat, and they assure us that they at last came to _prefer_ it!”
“The Esquimaux prefer it raw in these parts of the world (although some travellers assert that in more southern latitudes they prefer cooked meat); and with good reason, for it is much more nourishing than cooked flesh, and learned, scientific men who have wintered in the Arctic Regions have distinctly stated that in those cold countries they found raw meat to be better for them than cooked meat, and they assure us that they at last came to _prefer_ it!”
“In time the peoples of Europe will again prefer throwback59”
“What us Texans would prefer is that the Terminator use that knife to slice the cancerous tumor known as California clear from the U.S.”
“What I'd prefer is that the filmmakers sink just a little dough into Welles's not-quite-finished unreleased 1970s feature starring John Huston titled "The Other Side of the Wind.”
“The favour, sir, Mr. Pathurst, that I would prefer is that you will not mention that little matter to anybody.”
“What I prefer is that I not be subjected to the evolving romance of characters X and Y.”
“Choose the font and font size you prefer from the drop-down boxes in this window, then click on the "default" button in the lower left-hand corner of the window.”
“Which they would each prefer is left hauntingly ambiguous.”
“The validity of the calculation you prefer is debatable, but in any case a lower GDP only serves to strengthen the case for independence rather than weaken it.”
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This is a list of my favourite words (phrases) in english, as a second language. I love them mostly because of how they sound and their meaning.
Very basic words for ESL students.
Another kind of bear list: words bearing the -fer suffix ("that which carries"), the -ferous suffix ("bearing," "producing," or "yielding").
Also see (if you like) Carry Me Home Again.
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