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noun British English pronunciation: preference /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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