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1. Treated or thought of with great kindness or partiality: the favored child.
2. Endowed with special gifts, talents, or advantages.
3. Having an appearance of a specified kind. Often used in combination: ill-favored; well-favored.


(ˈfeɪ vərd)

1. regarded or treated with preference or partiality: the favored child.
2. enjoying special advantages; privileged.
3. of specified appearance (usu. used in combination): ill-favored.
fa′vored•ly, adv.
fa′vored•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.favored - preferred above all others and treated with partialityfavored - preferred above all others and treated with partiality; "the favored child"
loved - held dear; "his loved companion of many years"


1. Given special, usually doting treatment:
2. Being a favorite:
References in classic literature ?
She played for very high stakes, and fortune favored her.
The savage struggled powerfully to gain the point of safety, and, favored by the glancing water, he was already stretching forth an arm to meet the grasp of his companions, when he shot away again with the shirling current, appeared to rise into the air, with uplifted arms and starting eyeballs, and fell, with a sudden plunge, into that deep and yawning abyss over which he hovered.
He was as yet invisible; the most favored of the guests had not beheld him.
This neighborhood, at the time of which I am speaking, was one of those highly favored places which abound with chronicle and great men.
There was many a corner round which I expected to come upon Quint, and many a situation that, in a merely sinister way, would have favored the appearance of Miss Jessel.
Though no small passage was before her, yet, if the commonest chance favored, he did not at all fear that his ship would founder by the way, because his pumps were of the best, and being periodically relieved at them, those six-and-thirty men of his could easily keep the ship free; never mind if the leak should double on her.
There were some who had no legs, and pushed themselves upon a wheeled platform--some who had been favored with blindness, and were led by pretty little dogs.
During that period,--being much trusted and favored by his employer,--he had free liberty to come and go at discretion.
It will be observed, by a gl7nce at our advertising columns, that the commu- nity is to be favored with a treat of un- usual interest in the tournament line.
Tradition says that during several centuries the spirit of the unfortunate girl sang nightly from the cave at midnight, but the music carried no curse with it; and although many listened for the mysterious sounds, few were favored, since only those could hear them who had never failed in a trust.
I thought at first, seein' she favored her father so on the outside, that she was the same all through; but she ain't, she's like your father, Israel Sawyer.
One of her favored swains next secured "Captain Absolute," and another laid violent hands on "Sir Lucius O'Trigger.