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Favorite vs. Prefer

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  • Favorite (adjective)

    Preferred; liked more than any other

    "That is my favorite flavor of ice cream. I'd eat it daily if I could."

  • Favorite (noun)

    Preferred one, one with special favor

    "The teacher's favorite always went first."

  • Favorite (noun)

    Expected or most probable to win.

    "He's the favorite, he'll probably be elected."

  • Favorite (noun)

    A bookmark in a web browser.

  • Favorite (verb)

    alternative form of favor

  • Favorite (verb)

    To bookmark.

  • Favorite (verb)

    To add to one's list of favorites on a website that allows users to compile such lists.

  • Prefer (verb)

    To be in the habit of choosing something rather than something else; to favor; to like better. from 14thc.

    "I prefer tea to coffee."

  • Prefer (verb)

    To advance, promote (someone or something). from 14thc.

  • Prefer (verb)

    To present or submit (something) to an authority (now usually in "to prefer charges"). from 16thc.

  • Prefer (verb)

    To put forward for acceptance; to introduce, recommend (to). 16th-19thc.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Favorite (noun)

    A person or thing regarded with peculiar favor; one treated with partiality; one preferred above others; especially, one unduly loved, trusted, and enriched with favors by a person of high rank or authority.

  • Favorite (noun)

    Short curls dangling over the temples; - fashionable in the reign of Charles II.

  • Favorite (noun)

    The competitor (as a horse in a race) that is judged most likely to win; the competitor standing highest in the betting.

  • Favorite (adjective)

    Regarded with particular affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite child.

  • Prefer

    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.

  • Prefer

    To go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass.

  • Prefer

    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.

  • Prefer

    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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Favorite (noun)

    something regarded with special favor or liking;

    "that book is one of my favorites"

  • Favorite (noun)

    a special loved one

  • Favorite (noun)

    a competitor thought likely to win

  • Favorite (adjective)

    appealing to the general public;

    "a favorite tourist attraction"

  • Favorite (adjective)

    preferred above all others and treated with partiality;

    "the favored child"

  • Prefer (verb)

    like better; value more highly;

    "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"

    "We prefer sleeping outside"

  • Prefer (verb)

    select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative;

    "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"

    "She opted for the job on the East coast"

  • Prefer (verb)

    promote over another;

    "he favors his second daughter"

  • Prefer (verb)

    give preference to one creditor over another

Princeton's WordNet

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