pre·fer / priˈfər/ • v. (pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring) [tr.] 1. like (one thing or person) better than another or others; tend to choose: I prefer Venice to Rome| I would prefer to discuss the matter in private | Val would presumably prefer that you didn't get arrested | [as adj.] (preferred) his preferred candidate. 2. formal submit (a charge or a piece of information) for consideration: the police will prefer charges.3. archaic promote or advance (someone) to a prestigious position: he was preferred to the post.