Silence was clearly the preferred strategy of Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
They preferred a true red-state senator named Tom McClintock.
Said an African American commentator who preferred not to be identified: “Phil Griffin loves hiring white Irish guys.”
Glock helped create the modern U.S. gun market—and has become a preferred killing tool for criminals and the mentally disturbed.
Napoleon was right when he preferred a lucky general to a good one.
For this last purpose the period is to be preferred to any other mark in use.
So we think, whatever you think: and whose thoughts are to be preferred?
We should decidedly have preferred to receive it in the counting-house!
He preferred to do this, rather than to go at once to work at the sweeping and cleaning.
Youd have preferred him to start with mahogany and polished brass.
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.