Definition of 'prefer'
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He was not disgraced in second and will prefer the give in the ground. The Sun (2017)Some people probably prefer them to be seen and not heard. The Sun (2016) People prefer a partner who is generous rather than rich. The Sun (2016)And would not most people prefer to avoid such risks? Times, Sunday Times (2016)I always prefer to go for a walk. The Sun (2016)I prefer other people dressing up for my entertainment. Times, Sunday Times (2016)A lot of people would have preferred a real one. The Sun (2016)If you turn it into something which people would prefer to see, you are altering the facts of history. Times, Sunday Times (2017) People prefer fairness to wealth. The Sun (2016)But I rather preferred the sculpture. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Why do we prefer to mislead rather than lie? The Times Literary Supplement (2011)There is some more good news for people who prefer to sit still. EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER: A Journey Through the Science of Feelings (2005)Would you prefer he put it out for a corner? The Sun (2013)He prefers music because he is more in control. The Sun (2013)This is yet another reason to prefer vegetables to celebrities. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We prefer to go out for meals. The Sun (2013)Or rather she prefers the fuss in the right places. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Most people prefer small things given more often to bigger things given at long intervals. The Guide to Greatness in Sales (1994)It sounds boring but we prefer to put the money into the show. The Sun (2013)Instead comrades prefer to watch another new day dawn in another capital. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This church prefers to go ahead and weed people out up front. Christianity Today (2000)Maybe some people would prefer to have a peerage without the onerous duty. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He prefers to put his money back into his own art. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He often preferred another designer to do the costumes. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Obviously they must prefer to go away on holiday. The Sun (2008)Lots of people prefer cleaning or cooking jobs. Times, Sunday Times (2008)We prefer to put capital to greenfield rather than in mature projects where fiscal terms are too hard. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Lots of people like to give things as gifts and most people prefer to give something tangible that they can wrap up. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Do we actually prefer music that is a little raw, a little flawed? Times, Sunday Times (2012)That will continue, though his father prefers to advise rather than lead now. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Although the peer has made his millions from club music, he prefers classical. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Just over a quarter prefer to give something other than cash, such as food or drink. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Perhaps you require large amounts of data, or maybe prefer to call rather than text. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'prefer'
British English: prefer /prɪˈfɜː/ VERB
If you prefer someone or something, you like that person or thing better than another.
Does he prefer a particular sort of music?
- American English: prefer
- Arabic: يُفَضِّلُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: preferir
- Chinese: 更喜欢
- Croatian: preferirati
- Czech: preferovat
- Danish: foretrække
- Dutch: verkiezen voorkeur geven aan
- European Spanish: preferir
- Finnish: pitää parempana
- French: préférer
- German: bevorzugen
- Greek: προτιμώ
- Italian: preferire
- Japanese: ･･･の方を好む
- Korean: 선호하다
- Norwegian: foretrekke
- Polish: woleć
- European Portuguese: preferir
- Romanian: a prefera
- Russian: предпочитать
- Spanish: preferir
- Swedish: föredra
- Thai: ชอบมากกว่า
- Turkish: tercih etmek
- Ukrainian: надавати перевагу
- Vietnamese: thích hơn
Definition of prefer from the Collins English Dictionary
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