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"prefer" in British English

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preferverb [T]

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

A2 to like, choose, or want one thing rather than another: Do you prefer hot or cold weather? I prefer red wine to white. [+ -ing verb] He prefers watching football to playing it. [+ to infinitive] I'd prefer not to discuss this issue.formal I'd prefer you not to smoke (= I would like it better if you did not smoke), please.

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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 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?
(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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