favour

[fey-ver]
noun, verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

See -or1.
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favour or favor (ˈfeɪvə)
 
n
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
 
vb
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
 
n
 
vb
 
[C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect]
 
'favourer or favor
 
n
 
'favorer or favor
 
n
 
'favouringly or favor
 
adv
 
favoringly or favor
 
adv

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favour
British spelling of favor (q.v.); for suffix, see -or. Related: Favourite; favouritism.
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Example sentences
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.
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