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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of prefer.
  • adj. favoured
  • n. Preferred stock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. preferred above all others and treated with partiality
  • adj. more desirable than another


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  • It really gave one quite a shock to realise _how_ grown-up the old companions had become even the brothers Harry and Russell were transformed into tall striplings who bought newspapers on their own account, and preferred, actually _preferred_, to be clean rather than dirty!

    A College Girl

  • Eviscerate is the term preferred by feminists and other right-minded people to emasculate, as it is gender neutral and has the added advantage of not insulting those of us who are non-masculine by nature.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • She also referred to the South China Sea as the West Philippine Sea, a term preferred in the Philippines but reviled in China.

    The Seattle Times

  • In his 2009 greeting, he became the first U.S. President to refer to the "Islamic Republic of Iran," the name preferred by the country's ruling clerics.

    Obama on Iran's Dissidents

  • Similarly, “negro”, the term preferred by Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall, probably fell out of favor because of its superficial similarity to the n-word just like “niggardly”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Buddhists and Moslems arm against terrorists:

  • Even if I thought that I had some moral or good manners responsibility to use the label preferred by a strong majority of the group, I see no basis for accepting such a responsibility to use the label preferred by a vocal minority, or even half of thegroup.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Another Word I Will Gladly Continue To Use:

  • Mysteries abound, in large part because Cassandra's inherited skill as a dowser the term preferred by those who discover objects with the help of a Y-shaped divining rod helps her uncover truths others would rather keep buried. - News

  • RAF's strategy on remotely piloted air systems RPAS - the term preferred in air force circles.

    The Guardian World News

  • Whereas "action sports" -- the label preferred by aficionados, who consider "extreme" a marketing tool -- require you to leave the couch behind and get out there and flirt with disaster.

    Chicago Reader

  • The use of the word "acts" instead of "act" - the term preferred by Turkey - suggested that activists who attacked the Israeli boarding party also bore some responsibility. Top Stories


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