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1. A gracious, friendly, or obliging act that is freely granted: do someone a favor.
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.
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.
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
1. To perform a kindness or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
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.
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.
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.
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(ˈfeɪ vər)

1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for payment; a kind act.
2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win someone's favor.
3. popularity: an athlete who enjoys great favor among the fans.
4. preferential treatment; partiality.
5. a gift bestowed as a token of regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
6. a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty.
7. a small gift or decorative item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.
8. Usu., favors. sexual intimacy, esp. as permitted by a woman.
9. Archaic. a letter, esp. a commercial one.
10. to regard with favor; approve; sanction.
11. to prefer; treat with partiality.
12. to show favor to; oblige; encourage: Will you favor us with a reply?
13. to be favorable to; facilitate: The wind favored their journey.
14. to treat or use gently: to favor a sore wrist.
15. to aid or support: They favored the party's cause with ample funds.
16. to bear a physical resemblance to: to favor one's mother's family.
1. find favor with, to gain the approval of; be liked by.
2. in favor, popular; widely accepted or enjoyed: styles that are now in favor.
3. in favor of,
a. on the side of; in support of.
b. to the advantage of.
c. (of a check, draft, etc.) payable to.
4. in one's favor, to one's credit or advantage.
5. out of favor, no longer liked or approved of.
Also, esp. Brit., favour.
[1250–1300; Middle English favo(u)r < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin, derivative of favēre to favor]
fa′vor•er, n.
usage: See -or1.
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Past participle: favored
Gerund: favoring

I favor
you favor
he/she/it favors
we favor
you favor
they favor
I favored
you favored
he/she/it favored
we favored
you favored
they favored
Present Continuous
I am favoring
you are favoring
he/she/it is favoring
we are favoring
you are favoring
they are favoring
Present Perfect
I have favored
you have favored
he/she/it has favored
we have favored
you have favored
they have favored
Past Continuous
I was favoring
you were favoring
he/she/it was favoring
we were favoring
you were favoring
they were favoring
Past Perfect
I had favored
you had favored
he/she/it had favored
we had favored
you had favored
they had favored
I will favor
you will favor
he/she/it will favor
we will favor
you will favor
they will favor
Future Perfect
I will have favored
you will have favored
he/she/it will have favored
we will have favored
you will have favored
they will have favored
Future Continuous
I will be favoring
you will be favoring
he/she/it will be favoring
we will be favoring
you will be favoring
they will be favoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been favoring
you have been favoring
he/she/it has been favoring
we have been favoring
you have been favoring
they have been favoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been favoring
you will have been favoring
he/she/it will have been favoring
we will have been favoring
you will have been favoring
they will have been favoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been favoring
you had been favoring
he/she/it had been favoring
we had been favoring
you had been favoring
they had been favoring
I would favor
you would favor
he/she/it would favor
we would favor
you would favor
they would favor
Past Conditional
I would have favored
you would have favored
he/she/it would have favored
we would have favored
you would have favored
they would have favored
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.favor - an act of gracious kindnessfavor - an act of gracious kindness    
benignity, kindness - a kind act
good turn, turn - a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn"
2.favor - an advantage to the benefit of someone or something; "the outcome was in his favor"
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
3.favor - an inclination to approve; "that style is in favor this season"
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
4.favor - a feeling of favorable regard
approval - a feeling of liking something or someone good; "although she fussed at them, she secretly viewed all her children with approval"
5.favor - souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a partyfavor - souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
cracker bonbon, snapper - a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
keepsake, souvenir, relic, token - something of sentimental value
Verb1.favor - promote over another; "he favors his second daughter"
elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise - give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
advantage - give an advantage to; "This system advantages the rich"
2.favor - consider as the favorite; "The local team was favored"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
3.favor - treat gently or carefully
spare, save - refrain from harming
4.favor - bestow a privilege upon
countenance, permit, allow, let - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. A kindly act:
Archaic: benefit.
2. A charitable deed:
3. An act requiring special generosity:
4. Favorable regard:
5. A feeling of deference, approval, and liking:
6. Favorable or preferential bias:
7. Something beneficial:
1. To perform a service or a courteous act for:
2. To be favorably disposed toward:
Informal: go for.
3. To show partiality toward (someone):
Idiom: play favorites.
4. To lend supportive approval to:
5. To treat with inordinate gentleness and care:
6. Chiefly Regional. To be similar to, as in appearance:
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(American) favor (ˈfeivə) noun
1. a kind action. Will you do me a favour and lend me your car?
2. kindness or approval. She looked on him with great favour.
3. preference or too much kindness. By doing that he showed favour to the other side.
4. a state of being approved of. He was very much in favour with the Prime Minister.
to support or show preference for. Which side do you favour?
ˈfavourable adjective , (American) favorable
1. showing approval. Was her reaction favourable or unfavourable?
2. helpful or advantageous. a favourable wind.
ˈfavourably , (American) favorably adverb
ˈfavourite (-rit) , (American) favorite adjective
best-liked; preferred. his favourite city.
a person or thing that one likes best. Of all her paintings that is my favourite.
ˈfavouritism (-ri-) , (American) favoritism noun
preferring or supporting one person etc more than another. I can't be accused of favouritism – I voted for everyone!
in favour of
in support of. I am in favour of higher pay.
in one's favour
to one's benefit or advantage. The wind was in our favour.

favour, noun, ends in -our.
The adjective favourable is also spelt with -our-.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


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References in classic literature ?
"DEAR MADAM -- I hasten to reply to your favor of Saturday's date.
"In any case, we request you will at once favor us with the most exact personal description that can be written of both the parties.
In beauty, that of favor, is more than that of color; and that of decent and gracious motion, more than that of favor.
A FIFTH class of provisions in favor of the federal authority consists of the following restrictions on the authority of the several States:
The right of coining money, which is here taken from the States, was left in their hands by the Confederation, as a concurrent right with that of Congress, under an exception in favor of the exclusive right of Congress to regulate the alloy and value.
Very properly, therefore, have the convention added this constitutional bulwark in favor of personal security and private rights; and I am much deceived if they have not, in so doing, as faithfully consulted the genuine sentiments as the undoubted interests of their constituents.
"I was going to say, Major, that I felt particularly sensible of your kind welcome because, as it happens, I have a favor to ask of you."
I trusted to those ominous words, "a favor to ask of you," to administer the check, and I did not trust in vain.
The superiority of influence in favor of the particular governments would result partly from the diffusive construction of the national government, but chiefly from the nature of the objects to which the attention of the State administrations would be directed.
Had the nobles, by a conduct of clemency and justice, preserved the fidelity and devotion of their retainers and followers, the contests between them and the prince must almost always have ended in their favor, and in the abridgment or subversion of the royal authority.
It was near the end of January, 1913, that the changed attitude of the Oligarchy toward the favored unions was made public.
This idea, as I say, was merely carried to its logical conclusion, on a large scale, by the combination of the oligarchs and the favored unions.