prefer (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

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prefer (someone or something) to (someone or something else)

To choose, or tend to choose, someone or something as more desirable or valuable than someone or something else. I usually prefer tea to coffee, but I need something a little stronger this morning. I don't know why Amy prefers Tom to Steve—Tom is such a jerk!
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prefer someone or something to someone (or something else)

to rank the desirability of someone or something over someone or something else. For the post of treasurer, I prefer Don to Jill. I prefer missing a meal to Jill's cooking.
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And if they think they're different, do they prefer one to the other?
of Bologna, Italy), refers to the situation when products' characteristics are well defined in the space of consumer preferences and consumers prefer one to the other at equal prices.
Even as an audience member you tended to prefer one to the exclusion of the other.
Indeed, the binary structure all but demanded that viewers prefer one to the other, or at least gave us the liberty to do so.
Pressed by members of the audience to take a stand --his data seemed to show a slight if perhaps statistically insignificant leaning --Greenwood replied: "It's not that I do not prefer one to the other, it's that I do not strongly prefer one to the other.' And on that somewhat Delphic remark he rested.