something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor.
friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor.
excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.
Usually, favors. sexual intimacy, especially as permitted by a woman.
Archaic. a letter, especially a commercial one.
verb (used with object)
to regard with favor: to favor an enterprise.
to prefer; treat with partiality: The father favored his younger son.
to show favor to; oblige: The king favored him with an audience.
to be favorable to; facilitate: The wind favored their journey.
to deal with, treat, or use gently: to favor a lame leg.
to aid or support: He favored his party's cause with ample funds.
to bear a physical resemblance to; resemble: to favor one's father's side of the family.
find favor with, to gain the favor of; be liked by: The play found favor with the opening-night audience.
in favor of,
on the side of; in support of: to be in favor of reduced taxation.
to the advantage of.
(of a check, draft, etc.) payable to: Make out your checks in favor of the corporation.
in one's favor, to one's credit or advantage: All the comments were in your favor.
out of favor, no longer liked or approved; no longer popular or fashionable: He's out of favor with the president and may soon be fired.
Also, especially British, favour.

1250–1300; Middle English favo(u)r < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin favōr- (stem of favor) goodwill, equivalent to fav(ēre) to be favorably inclined + -ōr- -or1

favorer, noun
overfavor, verb (used with object)
prefavor, noun, verb (used with object)
unfavoring, adjective

2. Favor, goodwill imply a kindly regard or friendly disposition shown by an individual or group. Favor may be merely an attitude of mind: to look with favor on a proposal. Goodwill is more active and leads often to outward manifestations of friendly approval: By frequent applause the audience showed its goodwill toward the speaker. 5. present. 10. approve, countenance, sanction. 12. encourage, patronize. 15. help, assist.

2. animosity, malice. 10. disapprove.
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favour or favor (ˈfeɪvə)
1.  an approving attitude; good will
2.  an act performed out of good will, generosity, or mercy
3.  prejudice and partiality; favouritism
4.  a condition of being regarded with approval or good will (esp in the phrases in favour, out of favour)
5.  archaic leave; permission
6.  a token of love, goodwill, etc
7.  a small gift or toy given to a guest at a party
8.  history a badge or ribbon worn or given to indicate loyalty, often bestowed on a knight by a lady
9.  obsolete chiefly (Brit) a communication, esp a business letter
10.  archaic appearance
11.  find favour with to be approved of by someone
12.  in favour of
 a.  approving
 b.  to the benefit of
 c.  (of a cheque, etc) made out to
 d.  in order to show preference for: I rejected him in favour of George
13.  to regard with especial kindness or approval
14.  to treat with partiality or favouritism
15.  to support; advocate
16.  to perform a favour for; oblige
17.  to help; facilitate
18.  informal to resemble: he favours his father
19.  to wear habitually: she favours red
20.  to treat gingerly or with tenderness; spare: a footballer favouring an injured leg
[C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect]
favor or favor
[C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect]
'favourer or favor
'favorer or favor
'favouringly or favor
favoringly or favor

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. favor, from L. favorem (nom. favor) "good will or support," coined by Cicero from stem of favere "to show kindness to," from PIE *dhegh-/*dhogh- "burn." Meaning "thing given as a mark of favor" is from 1580s. The verb meaning "to regard with favor" is from mid-14c. Related: Favored;
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Idioms & Phrases


see curry favor; in favor of; in favor with; in one's favor; out of favor; return the compliment (favor).

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Example sentences
Public opinion is already overwhelmingly in favor of a balanced approach.
Decorate simple favor boxes with pretty bows and paper cuffs.
But it is now time to retire this technology in favor of more energy-efficient
Fertilizers containing seaweed are gaining favor with many gardeners.
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