Prefer means to like better. If your parents prefer your sister to you, chances are her allowance will be higher and you'll get blamed for things she's done.

If someone offers you hamburgers and hot dogs, it's more polite to say, "I'd prefer a hot dog," than "Blech, hamburgers. Gag me!" Note that prefer means not just to like, but to like better––you're comparing two or more things. Whether it be chocolate ice cream over other flavors, or getting going first thing in the morning as opposed to lounging in your PJs, what you prefer is called your preference. And if you like them all the same, you can say you have no preference

Definitions of prefer
  1. verb
    like better; value more highly
    “Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels”
    “We prefer sleeping outside”
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    type of:
    find enjoyable or agreeable
  2. verb
    select as an alternative over another
    synonyms: choose, opt
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    cop out, opt out
    choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing
  3. verb
    promote over another
    synonyms: favor, favour
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    give an advantage to
    type of:
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
  4. verb
    give preference to one creditor over another
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    type of:
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
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