prefer, v. 1. favor, like better, think [s.t.] best, incline or lean toward, be partial to; select, choose, endorse, elect, opt; fancy, take a fancy to, desire, espouse, embrace, adopt; pick, cull, single out; would rather, would sooner, had sooner.
2. put forward, proffer, present, offer, propose, tender; suggest, give, volunteer, render; lodge, charge, place, file.
3. advance, promote, move up, elevate, raise, exalt,
preferable, adj. favored, chosen, selected, favorite; better, best, superior, worthier, more desirable or pleasing; choice, select, fine, superb,
preferably, adv. by preference, by choice, rather, sooner, just as soon, lief, gladly, willingly.
preference, n. 1. choice, first choice, favorite, top of the list, Dial, druthers; desire, apple of one's eye, want; selection, pick; partiality, inclination, bent, leaning, bias, predisposition, prejudice, proclivity; fancy, liking, predilection.
2. advantage, leg up, plus, edge, upper or whip hand, vantage, superiority,
preferment, n. 1. choice, selection, favorite. See - preference (def. 1).
2. promotion, advancement, elevation, raise; furtherance, betterment, improvement,
prefigure, v. 1. foreshadow, foreshow, foretoken, forecast, adumbrate; omen, portend, augur; presage, preindicate, presignify, pretypify.
2. imagine, picture, fancy, consider; presuppose, presurmise,
prefix, n. 1. Grammar, affix.
2. name, denomination, designation, title, appellation, epithet, cognomen.
-v. 3. place before; introduce, preface, prelude, prologize.
pregnancy, n. gestation, incubation, gravidity, par-turiency, Inf. the family way.
pregnant, adj. 1. gravid, parturient, gestational; superfetate; with child, heavy or big with child, child-ing, in a delicate condition, Inf. expecting, Inf. in the family way, U.S. Sl. knocked-up.
2. fraught, full, filled, replete.
3. fertile, fruitful, fecund, fructiferous; seminal, rich in, abundant, abounding in, teeming, swarming; productive, prolific.
4. meaningful, significant, suggestive, loaded, charged, charged with meaning or significance.
5. momentous, eventful, pivotal, decisive, consequential, weighty; critical, crucial, climacteric, important; potential, full of possibilities.
6. imaginative, inventive, clever, ingenious, original, creative.
prehistoric, adj. 1. primeval, primal, prehistorical, preglacial, Noachial, Noachic, Noachical, preadamic, antediluvian; eolithic, Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic.
2. ancient, archaic, fossilized, fossillike, antiquated, antique, superannuated, oldest; immemorial, old, old as the hills, timeworn, aged.
3. primitive, primordial, primigemal; autochthonal, autochthonous, aboriginal.
prejudge, v. forejudge, judge beforehand or prematurely, Obs. prejudicate, jump to a conclusion, Inf. go off half-cocked, SI. jump the gun; predecide, predetermine, preconclude, have a bias, be biased, entertain a prejudice; preconceive, presuppose, presume,
prejudice, n. 1. bias, warp, twist, slant, bend, turn, blind side; preconception, preconceived notion or idea, jaundice, jaundiced eye; prepossession, predisposition, presupposition, predetermination, prejudgement, forejudgement, premature judgment.