V n to n
III.5 The 'prefer' and 'subjugate' group
These verbs are concerned with thinking of something as being better or worse than something else, or with acting as though something is more important than something else.
You cannot blame local architects in need of work for subjugating their artistic freedom to his approval.
The preposition to is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. In the case of prefer, the noun group following the verb is sometimes replaced by an '-ing' clause as well.
prefer subjugate (usu passive) subordinate
The goalkeeper seemed to prefer dribbling the ball up the field to defending his goal.