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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prefer

    Prefer indicates a state of desire and approval; choose, an act of will. Prudence or generosity may lead one to choose what he does not prefer. Select implies a careful consideration of the reasons for preference and choice. Among objects so nearly alike that we have no reason to prefer any one to another we may simply choose the nearest, but we could not be said to select it. Aside from theology, elect is popularly confined to the political sense; as, a free people elect their own rulers. Cull, from the Latin colligere, commonly means to collect, as well as to select. In a garden we cull the choicest flowers.

    choose, cull, elect, pick, pick out, select

    cast away, cast out, decline, disclaim, dismiss, leave, refuse, reject, repudiate, throw aside

    Choose from or from among the number; choose out of the army; choose between (or betwixt) two; among many; choose for the purpose.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prefer

    choose, elect, select, fancy, promote, advance, further

    reject, postpone, defer, withhold, degrade, depress

Princeton's WordNet

  1. preferverb

    like better; value more highly

    "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside"

    choose, favor, favour, opt

  2. choose, prefer, optverb

    select as an alternative over another

    "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"

    take, select, choose, opt, favor, favour, pick out

  3. prefer, favor, favourverb

    promote over another

    "he favors his second daughter"

    choose, favor, privilege, favour, opt

  4. preferverb

    give preference to one creditor over another

    choose, favor, favour, opt

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. preferverb

    offer, present, address, bring forward, set forth

  2. preferverb

    raise, exalt, promote, advance

  3. preferverb

    choose, select, elect, pick, pick out, single out, fix upon, pitch upon

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "prefer":

    prefers, preferred, favor, lieber, preference

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  1. Virginie Razzano:

    I would like to surprise my adversary, and sometimes when I feel it's a good time to do that, I prefer to do that.

  2. Simon Lee:

    The issue here is with Lamma 1's accessibility -- its main transportation is by boat, many Hong Kong people prefer living somewhere with a road link to the city center.

  3. Rick Sachleben:

    I just don't find hanging out at the pool something I enjoy. Much prefer a nice beach, let's face it.

  4. Livea Hernandez:

    It's so bad she is going to sell her property and she is not going back, maybe for tourists it's good, but for us, I prefer to spend my money in other places.

  5. Stephanie Adams:

    I prefer shooting to shopping and — although I might look girly, I am far from it, as far as anything else; well, as much as there is written about me, there is so much more to me. No one truly knows me but my family and I often surprise them once in a while. Mystery and controversy have always stood guard beside me, seldom allowing folks to get close enough to know more about me and I kind of like that, so let’s stop there.

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    An antonym for "disparage"
    • A. diminish
    • B. minimize
    • C. belittle
    • D. blandish

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