fa·​vored | \ ˈfā-vərd How to pronounce favored (audio) \

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.

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Whether accompanying nap-friendly athleisure or cozy knits to combat frigid plane temperatures, these four favored bags marry fashion and function while instantly elevating any plane look. Vogue, "Is the Airport Your Runway? Meet 4 Travel Bags That Marry Fashion and Function," 23 Apr. 2019 Bitcoin, which has become a favored currency in online scams, has also presented other problems for Facebook. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook imposters are trying to swindle users out of bitcoin," 18 Dec. 2018 On this day, though, Kanepi took charge of baseline exchanges, compiling a 26-9 edge in winners, 14 on her favored forehand side alone. Fox News, "No. 1 seed Simona Halep loses in first-round at US Open," 27 Aug. 2018 Go to a favored retailer, try on myriad styles of nautical stripes, and have a ball bringing your own critical analysis to these looks in the dressing room. Tim Gunn, Marie Claire, "Tim Gunn: How to Wear Trench Coats and Nautical Stripes," 12 July 2010 The remaining three sets are all focused on the lips, a category that Julep has become quite favored for. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Exclusive: Your First Look at the Gorgeous Julep 2018 Holiday Collection," 18 Sep. 2018 LoBiondo is among a historic number of House Republicans leaving Congress this year, and his retirement opened the door for Democrats to become the favored party in this district. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "House Republicans’ unhelpful stumble with Seth Grossman in New Jersey," 10 July 2018 The favored style this season is the ombre cake, six layers stacked from the darkest to the lightest, that serves just over 200 people at $12 per serving. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "For the State-of-the-Art Wedding Feast, ‘Look Is Everything’," 18 June 2018 The Trump takeover, which seemed shaky after his favored candidates in a 2017 Alabama Senate race faltered and fell, now seems complete. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "Trump puts stranglehold on GOP — and woe to any Republican who objects," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of favored

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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