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favor

noun fa·vor \ ˈfā-vər \

Definition of favor

1 a (1) :friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior
  • a politician attempting to keep the favor of the voters
(2) :approving consideration or attention :approbation
  • looked with favor on the enterprise
b :partiality
  • The students naturally showed favor toward their own team.
c archaic :leniency
d archaic :permission
e :popularity
  • The fad lost favor quickly.
2 archaic
b (1) :face
(2) :a facial feature
3 a :gracious kindness; also :an act of such kindness
  • did you a favor
b archaic :aid, assistance
c favors plural :effort in one's behalf or interest :attention
  • vying for the king's favor
4 a :a token of love (such as a ribbon) usually worn conspicuously
b :a small gift or decorative item given out at a party
c :badge
5 a :a special privilege or right granted or conceded
  • granted a favor to a dear friend
b :sexual privileges usually used in plural
6 archaic :letter
7 :behalf, interest
  • a man who acts only in his own favor
in favor of
1 a :in accord or sympathy with
b :to the benefit of :in support of
  • a verdict in favor of the accused
2 :to the order of
3 :in order to choose :out of preference for
  • turned down the scholarship in favor of a pro career
in one's favor
1 :in one's good graces
  • wanted to get back in the teacher's favor
2 :to one's advantage
  • The judge ruled in our favor.
out of favor
:unpopular, disliked
  • Her ideas are now out of favor.

Examples of favor in a Sentence

  1. I drove her to the airport because I owed her a favor.

  2. She's willing to help you but only as a favor to me.

  3. Don't do me any favors. I don't need your help.

  4. I've learned to be grateful for small favors.

  5. He's trying to earn the boss's favor by working late.

  6. The judge showed favor for the defendant.

  7. The students naturally showed favor toward their own school's team.

  8. Small boxes of candy were given out as favors at the wedding.

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Origin and Etymology of favor

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin, from favēre to be favorable; perhaps akin to Old High German gouma attention, Old Church Slavonic gověti to revere


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favor

verb

Definition of favor

favored; favoring play \ˈfā-v(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :to regard or treat with favor
b (1) :to do a kindness for :oblige
(2) :endow
c :to treat gently or carefully
  • favored her injured leg
2 :to show partiality toward :prefer
3 a :to give support or confirmation to :sustain
b :to afford advantages for success to :facilitate
  • good weather favored the outing
4 :to bear a resemblance to
  • he favors his father

favorer

play \ˈfā-vər-ər\ noun

Examples of favor in a Sentence

  1. The teacher clearly favors you.

  2. Most voters favor these tax cuts.

  3. Her father favored the idea of her going to law school.

  4. They won the championship last year, and most forecasters favor them to win again this year.

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Origin and Etymology of favor

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FAVOR Defined for English Language Learners

favor

noun

Definition of favor for English Language Learners

  • : a kind or helpful act that you do for someone

  • : approval, support, or popularity

  • : preference for one person, group, etc., over another


favor

verb

Definition of favor for English Language Learners

  • : to prefer (someone) especially in an unfair way : to show that you like or approve of (someone) more than others

  • : to approve of or support (something)

  • : to regard (someone or something) as most likely to succeed or win


FAVOR Defined for Kids

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favor

noun fa·vor \ ˈfā-vər \

Definition of favor for Students

1 :an act of kindness
  • Do me a favor.
2 :approval 1, liking
  • They look with favor on protecting wildlife.
3 :a preference for one side over another
  • The umpire showed favor toward the champs.
4 :a small gift or decorative item
  • party favors
in favor of
1 :wanting or approving of
  • All in favor of going say aye.
2 :in support of
  • The judge ruled in favor of the defendant.

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favor

verb

Definition of favor for Students

favored; favoring
1 :to prefer especially unfairly
  • My mom always favors my little brother.
2 :to approve of
  • The president favors a bill to cut taxes.
3 :to present with
  • The author favored us with a copy of her book.
4 :to make possible or easier
  • Winds favored the ship's journey east.
5 :to look like
  • He favors his mother.

Law Dictionary

favor

noun fa·vor

legal Definition of favor

1 :bias
2 :benefit
in favor of
:to the benefit of
  • a judgment in favor of the defendant
in oneʼs favor
:to one's benefit
  • a donation inter vivos made in his favor


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