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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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Examples from the web for favours
  • The latter favours direct action tactics, and has tended to alienate public opinion.
  • These favours usually entail being supplied with cases that would interest him.
  • Modern historiography favours the hypothesis of antiochus of syracuse.
  • The planar geography of the region also favours urban growth and agglomerations.
British Dictionary definitions for favours

favours

/ˈfeɪvəz/
plural noun
1.
sexual intimacy, as when consented to by a woman

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 favours

favour

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

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