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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Thus, I am very sorry to read Rhodri Clark's report ("Tram-train technology 'snubbed' for use on Valley Lines", March 21) that London still prefers us to use their London-based system rather than the far more flexible (and cheaper) system found for instance in Karlsruhe in Germany.
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