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favour

[fey-ver] /ˈfeɪ vər/
noun, verb (used with object), Chiefly British
1.
Usage note
See -or1.
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  • Your age and your lack of dependents work in your favour.
  • Many groups want governments to discriminate in their favour.
  • Evolution does not favour overly intelligent species, they always bring about their own extinction.
  • The weight of evidence looks definitely in favour of language now.
  • Thank all of your guests for coming with a small party favour.
  • Today, academia is up to its ears in political argumentation in favour of the wrong side.
  • At the moment, the terms of trade favour publishers too much.
  • If you are in favour of such a solution, why don't you start by eliminating yourself and your family.
  • Another example of parasites changing the psychology of the host to favour itself, even at the expense of the host's life.
  • Everyone pretends to be in favour of bipartisan dialogue, but it is a dialogue of the deaf.
British Dictionary definitions for favour

favour

/ˈfeɪvə/
noun
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, mainly Brit) a communication, esp a business letter
10.
(archaic) appearance
11.
find favour with, to be approved of by someone
12.
in favour of
  1. approving
  2. to the benefit of
  3. (of a cheque, etc) made out to
  4. in order to show preference for: I rejected him in favour of George
verb (transitive)
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
See also favours
Derived Forms
favourer, (US) favorer, noun
favouringly, (US) favoringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect
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Word Origin and History for favour

chiefly British English spelling of favor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. Related: Favourite; favouritism.

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