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Meaning & Definition of Prefer in English

English

Prefer

/prəfər/

verb

1. Like better

  • Value more highly
  • "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"
  • "We prefer sleeping outside"
    synonym:
  • prefer

2. Select as an alternative over another

  • "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"
  • "She opted for the job on the east coast"
    synonym:
  • choose
  • ,
  • prefer
  • ,
  • opt

3. Promote over another

  • "He favors his second daughter"
    synonym:
  • prefer
  • ,
  • favor
  • ,
  • favour

4. Give preference to one creditor over another

    synonym:
  • prefer

Examples of using

If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasure of illusion.
Faith can move mountains, but I prefer dynamite.
Do you prefer to go by train or bus?