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prefer

verb [T]
 
 
/prɪˈfɜːr/ ( present participle preferring, past tense and past participle preferred)
A2 to like someone or something more than another person or thing: I prefer dogs to cats. [+ doing sth] She prefers watching tennis to playing.Liking more
would prefer A2 used to say what you want or ask someone what they want: [+ to do sth] I'd prefer to go alone. Would you prefer red or white wine?Liking more
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…
(Definition of prefer from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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