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English verb: prefer

1. prefer (emotion) like better; value more highly


SamplesSome people prefer camping to staying in hotels.
We prefer sleeping outside.


ExamplesThey prefer him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s to somebody.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Broader (hypernym)like

2. prefer (cognition) select as an alternative over another


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


ExamplesThey prefer him to write the letter


Synonymschoose, opt


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Narrower (hyponym)cop out, opt out


Entailcompare

3. prefer (social) promote over another


SamplesHe favors his second daughter.


Synonymsfavor, favour


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade


Narrower (hyponym)advantage

4. prefer (social) give preference to one creditor over another


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)pay


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law









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