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Preferring and preference - thesaurus




to like or want someone or something more than someone or something else



to prefer to do something in a particular way, or to prefer to have something done in a particular way



someone or something that you like or want more than other people or things



a tendency to prefer, support, or be interested in a particular idea or activity

someone’s likes and dislikes

what someone likes and does not like

in favour of

preferring to choose someone or something that you believe is better

as you please

whatever you like, or in whatever way you prefer

in preference to

instead of someone or something else that you like or want less

rather than

used for saying that one thing is preferred to another or happens instead of another

I’d sooner do something

used for saying what you would prefer to do

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a matter of opinion/taste

something that different people have different opinions about

give me something

used for saying what you like or prefer



formal to be interested in something and want to do it or to have it

I would (just) as soon do something

used for saying what you would prefer to do



used for saying what someone would like or prefer

put someone/something first

to decide that someone or something is more important than anything else

someone’s first choice

the thing or person that you like more than all the others



used for saying that one description or possibility is preferred to another

whatever floats your boat

used for saying that although an idea or plan does not seem good to you, you can accept that someone else likes it

whatever/wherever/whenever etc someone pleases

whatever/wherever/whenever etc someone wants

would rather

used for saying that you would prefer to do something or that you would prefer that something happened



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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