ADJ. clear, definite, marked, strong | slight | individual, personal It's a matter of personal preference. | consumer | first, second, etc. Local voters gave Harry West first preference.
VERB + PREFERENCE have Do you have any particular preference? | demonstrate | express, indicate, show, state | give sb Preference is given to students who have passed maths and chemistry. | receive
PREP. for ~ I choose motorways when driving, for preference. | in ~ to They bought French planes in preference to British ones. | ~ as to/with regard to He has not expressed a preference as to which school he wants to go to. | ~ between people's preferences between brown, white and wholemeal bread | ~ for sth (over sth) the government's preference for tax cuts over greater public spending | ~ in changing preferences in furniture styles
PHRASES in order of preference List the candidates in order of preference.