- regarded or treated with preference or partiality: Her beauty made her the favored child.
- enjoying special advantages; privileged: to be born into the favored classes.
- of specified appearance (usually used in combination): ill-favored.
Origin of favored
- something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor.
- friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king.
- the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor.
- excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect.
- a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
- a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
- a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.
- Usually favors. sexual intimacy, especially as permitted by a woman.
- Archaic. a letter, especially a commercial one.
- to regard with favor: to favor an enterprise.
- to prefer; treat with partiality: The father favored his younger son.
- to show favor to; oblige: The king favored him with an audience.
- to be favorable to; facilitate: The wind favored their journey.
- to deal with, treat, or use gently: to favor a lame leg.
- to aid or support: He favored his party's cause with ample funds.
- to bear a physical resemblance to; resemble: to favor one's father's side of the family.
- find favor with, to gain the favor of; be liked by: The play found favor with the opening-night audience.
- in favor of,
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of favor
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Examples from the Web for favored
There, many minority parents supported Tom Torklarson, who favored the education reform agenda.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
In the absence of ceremonial formalities, Francis favored a business-like manner.Pope’s Blistering Attack on ‘Haggard’ Europe
November 26, 2014
The Keystone project is not an American one, but a global one, financed and favored by major multinational oil interests.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL
November 15, 2014
Even as Hispanics favored Democrats this week, some Republicans wooed them ardently and made surprising inroads.How Democrats Can Recover
November 9, 2014
Take Joni Ernst, a GOP darling now favored to be the next senator from Iowa.If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
Driving, swimming, rowing, and other manly sports should be favored.
An embarrassing accident also favored us with the use of salt.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
Maurice favored the creation of a Committee of Public Safety.The Downfall
In this he was right, though he could not guess what the business was nor how it favored his own designs.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
In this case it and a favored few like it will occupy the altered territory.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Word Origin and History for favored
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.