To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for consideration, acceptance, judgment, etc.; to offer; to present; to proffer; to address; -- said especially of a request, prayer, petition, claim, charge, etc.
- To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value: prefers coffee to tea.
- Law To give priority or precedence to (a creditor).
- Law To file, prosecute, or offer for consideration or resolution before a magistrate, court, or other legal authority: preferred the suit in a higher court.
- Archaic To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote.