prefer charges (against someone)

prefer charges (against someone) legal phrase
to officially accuse someone of a crime

The alleged victim said she did not wish to prefer charges.

Thesaurus: to accuse someone of a crimesynonym police officershyponym
Main entry: prefer

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • prefer */*/*/ — UK [prɪˈfɜː(r)] / US [prɪˈfɜr] verb [transitive] Word forms prefer : present tense I/you/we/they prefer he/she/it prefers present participle preferring past tense preferred past participle preferred [never progressive] to like or want someone or… …   English dictionary

  • prefer — pre|fer [ prı fɜr ] verb transitive *** never progressive to like or want someone or something more than someone or something else: Which do you prefer, the red or the blue one? prefer someone/something to someone/something: Even today, most… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prefer — [prē fʉr′, prifʉr′] vt. preferred, preferring [ME preferren < MFr preferer < L praeferre, to place before < prae , PRE + ferre, BEAR1] 1. to put before someone else in rank, office, etc.; promote; advance 2. to put before a magistrate,… …   English World dictionary

  • prefer — pre·fer /pri fər/ vt pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring 1: to give (a creditor or debt) priority or preference any preferred charges such as child support or alimony In re Smiley, 427 P.2d 179 (1967) 2: to bring forward for determination; esp: to bring (a… …   Law dictionary

  • prefer — transitive verb (preferred; preferring) Etymology: Middle English preferren, from Anglo French preferrer, from Latin praeferre to put before, prefer, from prae + ferre to carry more at bear Date: 14th century 1. to promote or advance to a rank or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • press charges — I press (or prefer) charges accuse someone formally of a crime so that they can be brought to trial II see charge * * * press charges : to take legal action against someone : to officially accuse someone of a crime He was caught shoplifting, but… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Arguments for and against drug prohibition — Arguments about the prohibition of drugs, and over drug policy reform, are subjects of considerable controversy. The following is a presentation of major drug policy arguments, including those for drug law enforcement on one side of the debate,… …   Wikipedia

  • charge — verb 1》 demand (an amount) as a price for a service rendered or goods supplied. 2》 formally accuse (someone) of something, especially an offence under law. 3》 entrust with a task or responsibility. 4》 store electrical energy in (a battery or… …   English new terms dictionary

  • India — /in dee euh/, n. 1. Hindi, Bharat. a republic in S Asia: a union comprising 25 states and 7 union territories; formerly a British colony; gained independence Aug. 15, 1947; became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations Jan. 26, 1950.… …   Universalium

  • charge */*/*/ — I UK [tʃɑː(r)dʒ] / US [tʃɑrdʒ] noun Word forms charge : singular charge plural charges 1) [countable/uncountable] an amount of money that you have to pay, especially when you visit a place or when someone does something for you You will have to… …   English dictionary

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