prefer
pre·fer /pri-'fər/ vt pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring
1: to give (a creditor or debt) priority or preference
any preferred charges such as child support or alimonyIn re Smiley, 427 P.2d 179 (1967)
2: to bring forward for determination; esp: to bring (a charge) against someone
the various means by which a grand jury might prefer chargesState v. Byrd, 399 S.E.2d 267 (1990)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

prefer
I verb adopt, advance, anteponere, approve, be fond of, be partial to, bring forward, choose, cling to, dignify, elect, elevate, embrace, espouse, fancy, favor, fix upon, further, graduate, grant favors to, have a fancy for, indulge one's fancy, lean toward, like better, move up, patronize, pick, pick out, play favorites, praeoptare, praeponere, prize, promote, pull strings for, put forward, raise, recommend, sanction, select, set above others, show preference, single out, take a fancy to, take to, tend, think better, treat with partiality, value II index choose, discriminate (treat differently), favor, proffer, promote (advance), relish, screen (select), select

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


prefer
v.
(1) To place before others; to treat one person better than another; to like one thing better than another.
(2) To prosecute; to submit a charge, such as a criminal charge; to bring an indictment.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • prefer — 1. The inflected forms of the verb are preferred, preferring, but other derivatives have a single r (preferable, preferably, preference, preferential, preferment). 2. When the subject of prefer is the same as that of a following subordinate verb …   Modern English usage

  • Prefer — Pre*fer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preferring}.] [F. pr[ e]f[ e]rer, L. praeferre; prae before + ferre to bear or carry. See 1st {Bear}.] 1. To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prefer — [prē fʉr′, prifʉr′] vt. preferred, preferring [ME preferren < MFr preferer < L praeferre, to place before < prae , PRE + ferre, BEAR1] 1. to put before someone else in rank, office, etc.; promote; advance 2. to put before a magistrate,… …   English World dictionary

  • prefer — late 14c., to put forward or advance in rank or fortune, to promote, from L. praeferre place or set before, carry in front, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + ferre to carry, to place (see INFER (Cf. infer)). Meaning to esteem (something)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prefer — 1 *choose, select, elect, opt, pick, cull, single Analogous words: accept, *receive, admit, take: *approve, endorse, sanction: favor, *oblige, accommodate 2 *offer, proffer, tender, pr …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prefer — [v] favor; single out adopt, advance, aggrandize, be partial to, be turned on to, choose, cull, desire, elect, elevate, fancy, finger, fix upon, go for, incline, like better, mark, optate, opt for, pick, place, pose, present, promote, propone,… …   New thesaurus

  • prefer — ► VERB (preferred, preferring) 1) like (someone or something) better than another or others; tend to choose. 2) formal submit (a charge or information) for consideration. 3) archaic promote to a prestigious position. ORIGIN Latin praeferre bear… …   English terms dictionary

  • prefer */*/*/ — UK [prɪˈfɜː(r)] / US [prɪˈfɜr] verb [transitive] Word forms prefer : present tense I/you/we/they prefer he/she/it prefers present participle preferring past tense preferred past participle preferred [never progressive] to like or want someone or… …   English dictionary

  • prefer — v. 1) (D; tr.) ( to bring ) to prefer against (to prefer charges against smb.) 2) (D; tr.) to prefer to (she prefers fish to meat) 3) (E) we prefer to remain at home 4) (G) I preferred going to a concert 5) (esp. BE) (H; no passive) I d prefer… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • prefer — pre|fer [ prı fɜr ] verb transitive *** never progressive to like or want someone or something more than someone or something else: Which do you prefer, the red or the blue one? prefer someone/something to someone/something: Even today, most… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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