"prefers" in the verb sense
like better value more highly
"Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"
"We prefer sleeping outside"
2. choose, prefer, opt
select as an alternative over another
"I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"
"She opted for the job on the East coast"
3. prefer, favor, favour
promote over another
"he favors his second daughter"
give preference to one creditor over another
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