From prae ‎(before) + ferō ‎(carry, bear).



praeferō ‎(present infinitive praeferre, perfect active praetulī, supine praelātum); third conjugation, irregular

  1. I bear, hold or carry before or forth.
  2. I carry before, place or set before, offer, present.
  3. I place someone or something before another,
  4. I prefer, like
  5. I take beforehand, anticipate.
  6. I show, display, exhibit, discover, expose, reveal, betray.


   Conjugation of praefero (third conjugation, irregular, suppletive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present praeferō praefers praefert praeferimus praefertis praeferunt
imperfect praeferēbam praeferēbās praeferēbat praeferēbāmus praeferēbātis praeferēbant
future praeferam praeferēs praeferet praeferēmus praeferētis praeferent
perfect praetulī praetulistī praetulit praetulimus praetulistis praetulērunt, praetulēre
pluperfect praetuleram praetulerās praetulerat praetulerāmus praetulerātis praetulerant
future perfect praetulerō praetuleris praetulerit praetulerimus praetuleritis praetulerint
passive present praeferor praeferris, praeferre praefertur praeferimur praeferiminī praeferuntur
imperfect praeferēbar praeferēbāris, praeferēbāre praeferēbātur praeferēbāmur praeferēbāminī praeferēbantur
future praeferar praeferēris, praeferēre praeferētur praeferēmur praeferēminī praeferentur
perfect praelātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect praelātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect praelātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present praeferam praeferās praeferat praeferāmus praeferātis praeferant
imperfect praeferrem praeferrēs praeferret praeferrēmus praeferrētis praeferrent
perfect praetulerim praetulerīs praetulerit praetulerīmus praetulerītis praetulerint
pluperfect praetulissem praetulissēs praetulisset praetulissēmus praetulissētis praetulissent
passive present praeferar praeferāris, praeferāre praeferātur praeferāmur praeferāminī praeferantur
imperfect praeferrer praeferrēris, praeferrēre praeferrētur praeferrēmur praeferrēminī praeferrentur
perfect praelātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect praelātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present praefer praeferte
future praefertō praefertō praefertōte praeferuntō
passive present praeferre praeferiminī
future praefertor praefertor praeferuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives praeferre praetulisse praelātūrus esse praeferrī praelātus esse praelātum īrī
participles praeferēns praelātūrus praelātus praeferendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
praeferre praeferendī praeferendō praeferendum praelātum praelātū

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  • praefero” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
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