Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb prefer

4 senses of prefer

Sense 1
prefer -- (like better; value more highly; "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside")
       => like -- (find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels")

Sense 2
choose, prefer, opt -- (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")

Sense 3
prefer, favor, favour -- (promote over another; "he favors his second daughter")
       => promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevate -- (give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work")

Sense 4
prefer -- (give preference to one creditor over another)
       => pay -- (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please")

Antonyms of adj preferred

2 senses of preferred

Sense 1
preferable, preferred -- (more desirable than another; "coffee is preferable to tea"; "Danny's preferred name is `Dan'")

INDIRECT (VIA desirable) -> undesirable, unwanted -- (not wanted; "undesirable impurities in steel"; "legislation excluding undesirable aliens";"removed the unwanted vegetation")

Sense 2
favored, favorite (prenominal), favourite (prenominal), best-loved, pet, preferred, preferent -- (preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child")

INDIRECT (VIA loved) -> unloved -- (not loved)

Similarity of adj preferred

2 senses of preferred

Sense 1
preferable, preferred -- (more desirable than another; "coffee is preferable to tea"; "Danny's preferred name is `Dan'")
       => desirable (vs. undesirable) -- (worth having or seeking or achieving; "a desirable job"; "computer with many desirable features"; "a desirable outcome")

Sense 2
favored, favorite (prenominal), favourite (prenominal), best-loved, pet, preferred, preferent -- (preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child")
       => loved (vs. unloved) -- (held dear; "his loved companion of many years")

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