Prefer

Definition of Prefer

Pre`fer´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Preferred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Preferring.]
He spake, and to her hand preferred the bowl.
- Pope.
Presently prefer his suit to Cæsar.
- Shak.
Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high.
- Byron.
2.To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.
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.

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