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noun preference pronunciation in American English /ˈpref(ə)rəns/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a feeling of liking or wanting someone or something more than someone or something else
    preference for: a preference for small dogs
    have a preference: Either tomorrow or Wednesday is fine for me. Do you have a preference?
    express a preference (for someone/something): The American military cautiously expressed a preference for joint action.
    personal preference: It’s really just a matter of personal preference which you choose.
    in order of preference: The voter marks the candidates 1, 2, 3, etc., in order of preference.
  2. 2
    [countable] someone or something that you like or want more than other people or things
    The government’s preference is for a diplomatic solution.

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