Definition of preferably in English:

preferably

adverb

  • sentence adverb Ideally; if possible.

    ‘he would like a place of his own, preferably outside the town’
    • ‘Find a large roasting dish, preferably the type with a rack so the fat drips through to the bottom.’
    • ‘Park in a garage if possible or park on a driveway, preferably with lockable gates and spotlights’
    • ‘The insoles fit neatly inside your shoes and are intended to be worn for up to a couple of hours a day, preferably while walking.’
    • ‘Couples should ensure that investments are held in the name of the partner with the lower, or preferably no tax code.’
    • ‘Muslims are required to bury the dead as soon as possible, preferably before nightfall on the day of death.’
    • ‘Ideally you would practice it in the sun, preferably outside or in a sunny room.’
    • ‘Carry your wallet in an inside pocket, preferably one which can fasten.’
    • ‘The session should be as short and as intensive as possible, preferably two or three days.’
    • ‘Ideally, lazy eye needs to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible, preferably before the age of six.’
    • ‘Transfer to the fridge and leave to set for at least 3 hours, preferably longer.’
    • ‘Each operative should be assigned as few tasks as possible and preferably one only.’
    • ‘When all the leaves have died back, leave the pot on its side somewhere shady, preferably outside.’
    ideally, if possible, for preference, by preference, from choice, by choice, as a matter of choice, much rather, rather
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Pronunciation

preferably

/ˈprɛfrəbli/