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Definition of preference noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈprɛfərəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] preference (for somebody/something) a greater interest in or desire for someone or something than someone or something else It's a matter of personal preference. Many people expressed a strong preference for the original plan. I can't say that I have any particular preference. Let's make a list of possible speakers,in order of preference.
  2. 2[countable] a thing that is liked better or best a study of consumer preferences Thesauruschoicefavorite preference selection pickThese are all words for a person or thing that is chosen, or that is liked more than others.choice a person or thing that is chosen:She's the best choice for the job.favorite a person or thing that you like more than the others of the same type:Which one's your favorite?preference a thing that is liked better or best:Would you like Italian or Chinese? I don't have a preference.favorite or preference?Your favorites are the things you like best, and that you have, do, listen to, etc. often; your preferences are the things that you would rather have or do if you have a choice.selection a number of people or things that have been chosen from a larger group:A selection of readers' comments are published below.pick (somewhat informal) a person or thing that is chosen:Who's your pick for best actress this year?Patterns somebody's choice/favorite/pick for something somebody's choice/selection/pick as something an obvious choice/favorite/preference/selection a(n) excellent/good/popular/fine choice/selection
  3. Idioms
    give preference to somebody/something
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    to treat someone or something in a way that gives them an advantage over other people or things Preference will be given to graduates of this university.
    in preference to somebody/something
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    rather than someone or something She was chosen in preference to her sister.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: preference