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"prefer" in British English

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preferverb [T]

uk   /prɪˈfɜːr/  us   /-ˈfɝː/ (-rr-)
  • prefer verb [T] (CHOOSE)

A2 to like, ​choose, or ​want one thing ​rather than another: Do you prefer ​hot or ​coldweather? I prefer ​redwine towhite. [+ -ing verb] He prefers ​watchingfootball to ​playing it. [+ to infinitive] I'd prefer not todiscuss this ​issue.formal I'd prefer you not tosmoke (= I would like it ​better if you did not ​smoke), ​please.

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(Definition of prefer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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preferverb

 us   /prɪˈfɜr/ (-rr-)
to ​choose or ​want one thing ​rather than another: [T] We have ​tea and ​coffee, but ​perhaps you’d prefer a ​colddrink. [T] He prefers ​watchingbaseball to ​playing it. [+ that clause] She prefers that we ​meet at the ​station. [+ to infinitive] Would you prefer to ​leave?
(Definition of prefer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prefer”
in Korean -보다 -를 더 좋아하다…
in Arabic يُفَضِّل…
in Malaysian lebih suka…
in French préférer…
in Russian предпочитать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 選擇, 寧可,更喜愛, 覺得還是…更可取…
in Italian preferire…
in Turkish tercih etmek, yeğlemek…
in Polish woleć…
in Spanish preferir…
in Vietnamese thích hơn…
in Portuguese preferir…
in Thai ชอบมากกว่า…
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…
in Indonesian memilih…
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