Prefer

Pre*fer"

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preferred (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Preferring.] [F. prfrer, 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.
Pope.
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Presently prefer his suit to Csar.
Shak.
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Three tongues prefer strange orisons on high.
Byron.
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2. To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass. [Obs.] "Though maidenhood prefer bigamy." Chaucer.
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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.
Knolles.
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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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