verb (used with object)
- on the side of; in support of: to be in favor of reduced taxation.
- to the advantage of.
- (of a check, draft, etc.) payable to: Make out your checks in favor of the corporation.
Origin of favor
Synonyms for favor
Antonyms for favor
Related Words for favorservice, gift, backing, support, benefit, consideration, respect, assistance, aid, promote, facilitate, champion, advocate, appreciate, back, accept, encourage, choose, praise, endorse
Examples from the Web for favor
Contemporary Examples of favor
Thirty-six percent were in favor and 38 percent were opposed.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
Finally, he takes us behind the scenes into how Obama came out in favor of marriage equality that same year.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Were the smugglers doing you a favor making it nearly impossible to bring any hope?The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
I'm pleased with my decision to avoid the routine script problems in favor of the spicy stuff.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Then he was returned to the same unit to face his debts; the drug dealer asked for this favor and got it.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of favor
Mr. Davis, may I ask the favor of a few minutes' conversation with you in private?Brave and Bold
Here too experience has afforded us the most satisfactory proof in its favor.
We are all in favor of having it built as promptly as possible.
I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first.
Besides, Mr. Morgan offered to resign his seat in the House of Commons in his favor.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
c.1300, "attractiveness, charm," from Old French favor (13c., Modern French faveur) "favor, approval, partiality," from Latin favorem (nominative favor) "good will, inclination, partiality, support," coined by Cicero from stem of favere "to show kindness to," from PIE *ghow-e- "to honor, revere, worship." Meaning "act of kindness" is from late 14c. Meaning "thing given as a mark of favor" is from 1580s. Phrase in favor of recorded from 1560s.
"to regard with favor, indulge, treat with partiality," mid-14c., from Old French favorer, from favor (see favor (n.)). Related: Favored; favoring.
see curry favor; in favor of; in favor with; in one's favor; out of favor; return the compliment (favor).