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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  He  spake,  and  to  her  hand  preferred  the  bowl. 
  --Pope. 
 
  Presently  prefer  his  suit  to  C[ae]sar.  --Shak. 
 
  Three  tongues  prefer  strange  orisons  on  high. 
  --Byron. 
 
  2.  To  go  before  or  be  before  in  estimation;  to  outrank;  to 
  surpass.  [Obs.]  ``Though  maidenhood  prefer  bigamy.'' 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  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. 
 
  I  would  prefer  him  to  a  better  place  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  If  I  prefer  not  Jerusalem  above  my  chief  joy.  --Ps. 
  cxxxvii  6. 
 
  Preferred  an  infamous  peace  before  a  most  just  war. 
  --Knolles. 
 
  {Preferred  stock},  stock  which  takes  a  dividend  before  other 
  capital  stock;  --  called  also  {preference  stock}  and 
  {preferential  stock}. 
 
  Syn:  To  choose  elect.  See  {Choose}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  preferred 
  adj  1:  more  desirable  than  another;  "coffee  is  preferable  to  tea"; 
  "Danny's  preferred  name  is  'Dan'"  [syn:  {preferable}] 
  2:  preferred  above  all  others  and  treated  with  partiality;  "the 
  favored  child"  [syn:  {favored},  {favorite(a)},  {favourite(a)}, 
  {pet}] 




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