Meaning of “prefer” - Learner’s Dictionary

prefer

verb [ T ] us uk /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.

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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?

(Definition of “prefer” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)