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It may be that he can prefer thee to some post about the minster.

It is on Mr. Haley's account that I prefer to keep it secret.

Other things being equal, people of six prefer that man who is tallest.

You wadna have me to believe, Captain Smith, that the lady does not prefer you to him?

Shall I sing the chorus now or would you prefer to hear it later.

Tell me (I have a right to know) whether you prefer this man to all others?

I prefer to sit with my hands folded and watch the rest of you work.

The immense majority of us prefer a God at second or third hand.

We prefer the cool, quiet dining-room, which we have to ourselves, after all.

I prefer that you should give them to another person to carry.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to put forward or advance in rank or fortune, to promote," from Old French preferer (14c.) and directly from Latin praeferre "place or set before, carry in front," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ferre "to carry, to place" (see infer). Meaning "to esteem (something) more than others" also is recorded from late 14c. Original sense in English is preserved in preferment.

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