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Definition of favored

1 : having an appearance or features of a particular kind hard-favored
2 : endowed with special advantages or gifts
3 : providing preferential treatment favored rates of credit

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Examples of favored in a Sentence

She enjoys a favored position in the company. The team is heavily favored to win the championship.
Recent Examples on the Web Leather, a nod to shoe making, is a favored decorating material. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stay in a repurposed candy factory and more historic buildings at these Midwest hotels," 9 June 2020 Subsidies are no longer a special exception for favored firms: almost everyone is getting something. Aoife White, Bloomberg.com, "Why It Seems Like Everybody’s Getting a State Bailout," 5 June 2020 Creating valuable real estate while conveniently disposing of waste has been a favored practice throughout the city’s history. Willa Glickman, The New York Review of Books, "New York’s Rising Tides: Climate Inequality and Sandy’s Legacy," 19 Mar. 2020 Owning GitHub should cement that vision and put Microsoft in a more favored position with developers over time. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Microsoft’s GitHub Deal Is a Clean Break From Its Past," 4 June 2018 Both sides insist a deal is still their favored outcome. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, "EU Has Bigger Problems to Worry About Than Brexit Gridlock," 26 May 2020 But even those flights have been reduced, making the adult bears' favored food supply shaky. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Canada zoo to return pandas to China," 16 May 2020 Fans can pick their favored horse and donate to the emergency relief efforts at KentuckyDerby.com beginning April 30. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus daily roundup: Kentucky cases plateau, Derby goes virtual and more," 23 Apr. 2020 An arm of the Kremlin controls dozens of social media accounts promoting Mr. Hifter and other favored clients, including the eldest son of Col. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "The White House Blessed a War in Libya, but Russia Won It," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of favored

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Favored.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favored. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of favored

: given special advantages over others : preferred over others
: considered most likely to win

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