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Preferred    : [prəf'ɚd] [prɪf'ɚd] [prif'ɚd]
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 consideration, acceptance, judgment,
etc.; to offer; to present; to proffer; to address; --
said especially of a request, prayer, petition, claim,
charge, etc.
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He spake, and to her hand preferred the bowl.
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Presently prefer his suit to C[ae]sar. --Shak.
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Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high.
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2. To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to
surpass. [Obs.] "Though maidenhood prefer bigamy."
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3. To cause to go before; hence, to advance before others, as
to an office or dignity; to raise; to exalt; to promote;
as, to prefer an officer to the rank of general.
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I would prefer him to a better place. --Shak.
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4. To set above or before something else in estimation,
favor, or liking; to regard or honor before another; to
hold in greater favor; to choose rather; -- often followed
by to, before, or above.
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If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. --Ps.
cxxxvii. 6.
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Preferred an infamous peace before a most just war.
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{Preferred stock}, stock which takes a dividend before other
capital stock; -- called also {preference stock} and
{preferential stock}.
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Syn: To choose; elect. See {Choose}.
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