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fa·vor

 (fā′vər)
n.
1. A gracious, friendly, or obliging act that is freely granted: do someone a favor.
2.
a. Friendly or favorable regard; approval or support: won the favor of the monarch; looked with favor on the plan.
b. A state of being held in such regard: a style currently in favor.
3. Unfair partiality; favoritism: The referees were warned not to show favor to either team.
4.
a. A privilege or concession: had the favor of talking with her for an hour.
b. favors Permission to engage in sexual activity, especially when granted by a woman to a male partner.
5.
a. Something given as a token of love, affection, or remembrance.
b. A small decorative gift given to each guest at a party.
6. Advantage; benefit: sailed under favor of cloudless skies.
7. Behalf; interest: an error in our favor.
8. Obsolete A communication, especially a letter.
9. Archaic
a. Aspect or appearance.
b. Countenance; face.
10. Obsolete A facial feature.
v. fa·vored, fa·vor·ing, fa·vors
v.tr.
1. To perform a kindness or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
2.
a. To have a liking for; be partial to; prefer: favored coffee over tea at breakfast; favored the suitor with the quick wit.
b. To approve, advocate, or support: economists who favor free trade.
c. To show partiality or unfair preference to: thought the law favored men over women.
3. To believe to be most likely to succeed: The Tigers are favored to win the championship.
4.
a. To be advantageous to; make more likely to be successful: Darkness favored their escape. The climate favors conifers.
b. To speed up or otherwise increase the success of (a chemical process or pathway): Increasing the pressure favors the reaction.
5. To treat with care; be gentle with: favored my wounded leg.
6. Chiefly Southern US To resemble in appearance: She favors her father.
v.intr. Chiefly Southern US
To resemble another in appearance: She and her father favor.
Idiom:
in favor of
1. In support of; approving: We are in favor of her promotion to president.
2. To the advantage of: The court decided in favor of the plaintiff.
3. Inscribed or made out to the benefit of: a check in favor of a charity.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from favēre, to be favorable.]

fa′vor·er n.
fa′vor·ing·ly adv.
Translations
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Deputations without and voices within had concurred in inducing that philanthropist to take a stronger measure than usual for the good of mankind; namely, to withdraw in favor of another candidate, to whom he left the advantages of his canvassing machinery.
On the other hand, any ambiguity in an insurance contract must be construed against the insurer and in favor of the policyholder (see Hartol Prods.
They belong to a younger generation of Palestinian American activists who reject the two-state solution in favor of the idea of binationality, under which Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza would be merged into one secular state where Jews and Palestinians would have equal rights under the law.