fa·vored | \ˈfā-vərd \

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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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 Caps fandom seemed pretty great until that last round, when they were forced to play the defending champion Red Wings, the favored NHL club of my mom’s family. Stanley Kay, SI.com, "After Years of Heartbreak, Capitals Fans Finally Get Their Moment of Glory," 9 June 2018 House Democrats had staged a rescue mission in all three districts, by propping up their own favored candidates, attacking Republicans or a mix of both. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Find Relief in California House Race Results," 6 June 2018 McIntosh hopes his conservative organization can help sway critical races for its favored candidates, from hard-fought Republican primaries to campaigns against Democratic incumbents in deep-red states. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "There's more to primary day than California," 4 June 2018 The campaigns have spent millions since then – much of it bashing one another – while outside groups have dumped more than $11 million into California's House races since May 1 to support their favored candidates or tear down their opponents. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Democrats on edge in California congressional races," 1 June 2018 The power of national Democratic leaders to shape their own midterm candidate field will be tested anew Tuesday, following last week’s surprise defeat of one of their favored candidates in a Nebraska primary. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Democratic Voters Chafe at Party’s Efforts to Shape Midterm Field," 21 May 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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