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PREFER (preferred, preferring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prefer mean? 

PREFER (verb)
  The verb PREFER has 4 senses:

1. like better; value more highly
2. select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative
3. promote over another
4. give preference to one creditor over another

  Familiarity information: PREFER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREFER (verb)


Sense 1prefer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Like better; value more highly

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context examples:

Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels / We prefer sleeping outside

Hypernyms (to "prefer" is one way to...):

like (find enjoyable or agreeable)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s to somebody
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sentence example:

They prefer him to write the letter


Sense 2prefer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

opt; choose; prefer

Context examples:

I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant / She opted for the job on the East coast

"Prefer" entails doing...:

compare (examine and note the similarities or differences of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prefer"):

cop out; opt out (choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They prefer him to write the letter


Sense 3prefer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Promote over another

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

favor; favour; prefer

Context example:

he favors his second daughter

Hypernyms (to "prefer" is one way to...):

advance; elevate; kick upstairs; promote; raise; upgrade (give a promotion to or assign to a higher position)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "prefer"):

advantage (give an advantage to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4prefer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give preference to one creditor over another

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "prefer" is one way to...):

pay (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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