• WordNet 3.6
    • n preferment the act of preferring "the preferment went to the younger candidate"
    • n preferment the act of making accusations "preferment of charges"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Head lice actually prefer to live on clean heads, not dirty ones.
    • Preferment A position or office of honor or profit; as, the preferments of the church.
    • Preferment The act of choosing, or the state of being chosen; preference. "Natural preferment of the one . . . before the other."
    • Preferment The act of preferring, or advancing in dignity or office; the state of being advanced; promotion. "Neither royal blandishments nor promises of valuable preferment had been spared."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.
    • n preferment The act of preferring or esteeming more highly, or the state of being preferred; choice; preference; advancement; promotion.
    • n preferment A superior place or office, especially in the church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Worn or outdated US Flags are destroyed, preferably by burning.
    • ns Preferment the act of preferring: the state of being preferred or advanced: advancement to a higher position: promotion: superior place, esp. in the church
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “The Lord prefers common looking people. That is why he made so many of them.”
  • Kwame Nkrumah
    Kwame Nkrumah
    “We prefer self-government with danger to servitude in tranquility.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People will go right on preferring to do business with friends.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.”
  • Zen Saying
    Zen Saying
    “The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. préférer—L. præferrepræ, before, ferre, to bear.


In literature:

He said that he liked the Erard but he really preferred the Pleyel with its veiled sonority.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
Do you prefer a small restaurant or a corner in a big one?
"The Tempting of Tavernake" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Her sister had gone to her while she was dressing, but she had declared that she would prefer to be alone.
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
It would be preferable to say nothing about his money.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
He had preferred to the Georgians and their lively American contemporary, sincerely preferred, an Edwardian.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
The former is preferred for an elaborate dinner, the latter for a small one.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
He paid his driver; preferring to descend the Champs Elysees on foot, since he had some time to lose.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
But he had resolved to refuse any appointment, any preferment.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Many persons prefer boiling all the vegetables in the soup on the first day, thinking that they improve its flavour.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
If more flavor is preferred, the curd may be allowed to sour or may be mixed with sour cream.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

In poetry:

"My brother's home is any where,
At large and undefin'd;
But I a preference ever bear
For one fix'd spot, and settle there;
Which speaks my constant mind."
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
To me the sun is more delightful far,
And all fair days much fairer are,
But few, ah wondrous few, there be
Who do not gold prefer, O goddess, even to thee.
"Hymn. To Light" by Abraham Cowley
We're bringing gold, we're bringing myrrh,
The women incense always prefer;
And if we have wine of a worthy growth,
We three to drink like six are not loth.
"Epiphanias" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If to what I said but now
You had listened, I believe
You would have preferred to leave
Still unspoken love's vain vow.
This you would yourself allow.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
It's just the same- a quarrel or a kiss
Is but a tune to play upon his pipe.
He's always hymning that or wailing this;
Myself, I much prefer the business type.
"From A Letter From Lesbia" by Dorothy Parker
'Till, left alone, the wood she sought,
Where first her Bertram's vows she heard,
And first with soft affection fraught,
His vows return'd, to Heaven prefer'd.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent

In news:

Chef Amy Loveless prefers a mix of Northern Spy and Cortland apples, though Granny Smiths are a fine substitute.
Neural Correlates of Behavioral Preference for Culturally Familiar Drinks.
We know folks around here prefer their tea heavily sweetened and over ice.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group's Non- Cumulative Dollar Preference Shares Cross 7% Yield Mark.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group's Non- Cumulative Dollar Preference Shares Pushes Past 7% Yield.
Health Care REIT's 6.50% Series J Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares Cross 6% Yield Mark.
Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd's 7.401% Perpetual Non- Cumulative Preference Shares Cross 7% Yield Mark.
Banco Santander's 6.80% Non- Cumulative Series 4 Guaranteed Preferred Securities Crosses Above 7% Yield Territory.
IF you prefer Nestlé's Crunch to kale crunch and think a potato salad is no place for a sunflower seed, you've probably never heard of Mollie Katzen.
We'll look at the initial settings you can define in System Preferences as well as creating custom searches that can be stashed in Finder's sidebar for later use.
Lions' Devon Dace prefers city life.
Men, the theory goes, prefer law with rigid rules and clear lines.
The crown jellyfish is solitary and prefers the dark.
NASA's Hansen prefers rule by decree to fight 'global warming.
Tastes and preference, comfort levels and inclinations, all of it should get worked out in that headlong hormonal rush toward adulthood.

In science:

Since the estimates of moments done in this paper are the same (no matter whether B(Ω, A) or L∞ (Ω, A) is used), we prefer to stay with B(Ω, A).
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
Assume that the underlying theory is based on an n-component field without preferred directions, i.e. the theory is invariant under O(n) transformations of the fields.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Spontaneous symmetry breaking means that the ground state has a preferred direction, leaving n − 1 directions for the Goldstone modes.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The scaling discussed above is isotropic but the convection rolls in RayleighB´enard convection have a preferred direction, say along the x2 -axis.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
Additional samples, and preferable over larger areas, are still needed.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field