preference Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “preference” in the English Dictionary

"preference" in British English

See all translations

preferencenoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈpref.ər.əns/  us   /ˈ-ɚ-/
B2 the ​fact that you like something or someone more than another thing or ​person: Her preference is forcomfortablerather than ​stylishclothes. I have a preference forsweetfood over ​spicy. Choosing ​furniture is ​largely a ​matter of personal preference. It would be ​wrong to ​discriminate against a ​candidate because of ​their sexual preference (= the ​sex of the ​people they are ​sexuallyattracted to). an ​advantage that is given to a ​person or a ​group of ​people: We give preference to those who have ​worked with us for a ​longtime. Special preferences were ​offeredinitially to ​encourageinvestment.in preference to sth If you ​choose one thing in preference to another thing, you ​choose it because you like or ​want it more than the other thing: He ​studiedchemistry in preference to ​physics at ​university.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"preference" in American English

See all translations

preferencenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈpref·ər·əns/
A preference is also an ​advantage given to someone: [U] The ​city gives preference to ​jobapplicants who ​live there.
(Definition of preference from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"preference" in Business English

See all translations

preferencenoun

uk   us   /ˈprefərəns/
[C or U] the fact of liking or wanting one thing more than another: preference for sth These ​investors had a preference for securities rather than ​bankdeposits. More ​flexibility will ​enablemanagers to redesign their floors quickly according to ​customer preferences. Buying a ​car is a matter of ​personal preference.
[U] an ​advantage or better ​treatment that is given to a ​person or a ​group of ​people: give preference to sb/sth This small-business ​program gives preference to minority- and women-owned ​companies.

preferenceadjective

uk   us   /ˈprefərəns/ FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
used to describe a company's ​shares that have the ​right to ​fixed dividends (= ​payments from ​profits) before the ​dividends on its ordinary ​shares are ​calculated and ​paid in a particular ​period, or in ​periods when ​dividends on these ​shares are not ​paid at all: Nokia is to ​increase its ​capital with about $100 million of new preference ​stock.
(Definition of preference from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “preference”
in Arabic تَفْضيل…
in Korean 선호, 애호…
in Portuguese preferência…
in Catalan preferència…
in Japanese 好み, (選択肢の中の)希望のもの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 偏爱, 爱好, 喜爱…
in Turkish tercih, yeğleme…
in Russian предпочтение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 偏愛, 愛好, 喜愛…
in Italian preferenza…
in Polish upodobanie, preferencja, upodobania…
What is the pronunciation of preference?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“preference” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More