pre•fer/prɪˈfɜr/USA pronunciationv.[not: be + ~-ing], -ferred, -fer•ring.
to set or hold before or above other persons or things: [~ + object]She prefers cheese, if you have some.[~ + verb-ing]She prefers running to walking.[~ + object + to + object]I prefer school to work.[~ + to + verb]She prefers to take a nap after a big meal.[~ + that clause]He preferred that we meet him outside his apartment.[no object]I'll come with you or, if you prefer, I'll wait outside.
Idioms, Lawprefer charges, to make or place an accusation of wrongdoing, a crime, etc., against another.
(when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to like better or value more highly: I prefer to stand
(esp of the police) to put (charges) before a court, judge, magistrate, etc, for consideration and judgment
(tr; often passive) to advance in rank over another or others; promote
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin praeferre to carry in front, prefer, from prae in front + ferre to bear USAGE Normally, to is used after prefer and preferable, not than: I prefer Brahms to Tchaikovsky; a small income is preferable to no income at all. However, than or rather than should be used to link infinitives: I prefer to walk than/rather than to catch the train