Definition of


  1. (verb, emotion) like better; value more highly
    We prefer sleeping outside
  2. (verb, cognition) select as an alternative over another
    She opted for the job on the East coast
  3. (verb, social) promote over another
  4. (verb, social) give preference to one creditor over another

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Synonyms of Prefer

choose, favor, favour, opt

Alternate forms of Prefer

Derivations: preference, preferment

Hyponyms: advantage, cop out, opt out

Hypernyms: advance, elevate, kick upstairs, like, pay, promote, raise, upgrade

Origin of the word Prefer

  1. 1388, "to put forward or advance in rank or fortune, to promote," from L. pr?ferre "place or set before, carry in front," from pr?- "before" + ferre "to carry, to place" (see infer). Meaning "to esteem (something) more than others" is recorded from 1390. Original sense in Eng. is preserved in preferment (1451). Preference "act of prefering" is… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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