favor

[fey-ver]
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noun

verb (used with object)


Idioms

    find favor with, to gain the favor of; be liked by: The play found favor with the opening-night audience.
    in favor of,
    1. on the side of; in support of: to be in favor of reduced taxation.
    2. to the advantage of.
    3. (of a check, draft, etc.) payable to: Make out your checks in favor of the corporation.
    in one's favor, to one's credit or advantage: All the comments were in your favor.
    out of favor, no longer liked or approved; no longer popular or fashionable: He's out of favor with the president and may soon be fired.
Also especially British, fa·vour.

Origin of favor

1250–1300; Middle English favo(u)r < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin favōr- (stem of favor) goodwill, equivalent to fav(ēre) to be favorably inclined + -ōr- -or1
Related formsfa·vor·er, nouno·ver·fa·vor, verb (used with object)pre·fa·vor, noun, verb (used with object)un·fa·vor·ing, adjective

Synonyms for favor

2. Favor, goodwill imply a kindly regard or friendly disposition shown by an individual or group. Favor may be merely an attitude of mind: to look with favor on a proposal. Goodwill is more active and leads often to outward manifestations of friendly approval: By frequent applause the audience showed its goodwill toward the speaker. 5. present. 10. approve, countenance, sanction. 12. encourage, patronize. 15. help, assist.

Antonyms for favor

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Word Origin and History for favor
n.

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.

v.

"to regard with favor, indulge, treat with partiality," mid-14c., from Old French favorer, from favor (see favor (n.)). Related: Favored; favoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with favor

favor

see curry favor; in favor of; in favor with; in one's favor; out of favor; return the compliment (favor).

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