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give (a) preference to (someone or something)
To treat someone or something with greater regard or in a more advantageous manner than someone or something else. The company was taken to court for giving a preference to employees who don't have children. The immigration department announced it will give preference to applicants who have already been in the country for more than 15 years.
give preference to (someone or something)
To prioritize someone or something above someone or something else. The recruiter was told to give preference to any alumni who apply for the job.
in preference to (someone or something)
Over or instead of someone or something else. We chose to publish Mary's essay in preference to yours because hers dealt more explicitly with the topic we assigned. We've decided to go with a local credit union in preference to a big multinational bank.
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give (a) preference to somebody/somethingtreat somebody/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/somethingrather than somebody/something: She was chosen in preference to her sister.
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- be/have done with somebody/something
- be rough on (someone or something)
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- better of
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- begin with
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- be enamored with (someone or something)
- beware of (someone or something)