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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Today the favored theory of the moon’s origin is called the giant impact hypothesis. Erica Jawin, Scientific American, "Apollo’s Bounty: The Science of the Moon Rocks," 2 July 2019 In the northern Minnesota and Wisconsin area and across the country, the application of homicide charges has become a favored response for police and prosecutors seeking to address the opioid crisis by cracking down on dealers. Tom Olsen, Twin Cities, "Two drug users. One dies and, increasingly, the other goes to prison. Critics ask: Why?," 1 July 2019 Apple hopes voters will not only skim profiles before and during the debate but continue to follow favored candidates throughout the election cycle; stories about them will appear within Apple News feeds. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Democratic debates 2019: Apple News enters presidential race with candidate guides," 26 June 2019 In the 2018 midterm elections, progressive insurgents had better luck in deep blue districts like Cuellar’s than purple battleground ones, where most of their favored candidates lost to Republicans. NBC News, "First shot fired in Democratic civil war as 8-term incumbent gets a challenger," 13 June 2019 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

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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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