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1. more desirable than another;
- Example: "coffee is preferable to tea"
- Example: "Danny's preferred name is `Dan'"
[syn: preferable, preferred]

2. preferred above all others and treated with partiality;
- Example: "the favored child"
[syn: favored, favorite(a), favourite(a), best-loved, pet, preferred, preferent]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prefer \Pre*fer"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preferred; p. pr. & vb. n. Preferring.] [F. pr['e]f['e]rer, L. praeferre; prae before + ferre to bear or carry. See 1st Bear.] 1. To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for consideration, acceptance, judgment, etc.; to offer; to present; to proffer; to address; -- said especially of a request, prayer, petition, claim, charge, etc. [1913 Webster] He spake, and to her hand preferred the bowl. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Presently prefer his suit to C[ae]sar. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high. --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass. [Obs.] "Though maidenhood prefer bigamy." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to go before; hence, to advance before others, as to an office or dignity; to raise; to exalt; to promote; as, to prefer an officer to the rank of general. [1913 Webster] I would prefer him to a better place. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To set above or before something else in estimation, favor, or liking; to regard or honor before another; to hold in greater favor; to choose rather; -- often followed by to, before, or above. [1913 Webster] If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. --Ps. cxxxvii. 6. [1913 Webster] Preferred an infamous peace before a most just war. --Knolles. [1913 Webster] Preferred stock, stock which takes a dividend before other capital stock; -- called also preference stock and preferential stock. [1913 Webster] Syn: To choose; elect. See Choose. [1913 Webster]