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prefer

verb  /prɪˈfɜr/ (-rr-) us  
to choose or want one thing rather than another: [T] We have tea and coffee, but perhaps you’d prefer a cold drink. [T] He prefers watching baseball to playing it. [+ that clause] She prefers that we meet at the station. [+ to infinitive] Would you prefer to leave?
Translations of “prefer”
in Korean -보다 -를 더 좋아하다…
in Arabic يُفَضِّل…
in French préférer…
in Turkish tercih etmek, yeğlemek…
in Italian preferire…
in Chinese (Traditional) 選擇, 寧可,更喜愛, 覺得還是…更可取…
in Russian предпочитать…
in Polish woleć…
in Spanish preferir…
in Portuguese preferir…
in German vorziehen…
in Catalan preferir…
in Japanese ~の方を好む…
in Chinese (Simplified) 选择, 宁可,更喜爱, 觉得还是…更可取…
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