Definition of preferably in English:



  • [sentence adverb] Ideally; if possible.

    ‘he would like a place of his own, preferably outside the town’
    • ‘Each operative should be assigned as few tasks as possible and preferably one only.’
    • ‘Muslims are required to bury the dead as soon as possible, preferably before nightfall on the day of death.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Transfer to the fridge and leave to set for at least 3 hours, preferably longer.’
    • ‘Find a large roasting dish, preferably the type with a rack so the fat drips through to the bottom.’
    • ‘When all the leaves have died back, leave the pot on its side somewhere shady, preferably outside.’
    • ‘Park in a garage if possible or park on a driveway, preferably with lockable gates and spotlights’
    • ‘Couples should ensure that investments are held in the name of the partner with the lower, or preferably no tax code.’
    ideally, if possible, for preference, by preference, from choice, by choice, as a matter of choice, much rather, rather
    much sooner, sooner
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