[ fey-ver ]
/ ˈfeɪ vər /

noun, verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

Nearby words

  1. favoredly,
  2. favorite,
  3. favorite son,
  4. favoritism,
  5. favosite,
  6. favourable,
  7. favourable pressure gradient,
  8. favourite,
  9. favouritism,
  10. favours

Usage note

See -or1.


[ fey-ver ]
/ ˈfeɪ vər /


verb (used with object)

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

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.


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

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US favor

/ (ˈfeɪvə) /


verb (tr)

See also favours

Derived Formsfavourer or US favorer, nounfavouringly or US favoringly, adverb

Word Origin for favour

C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect

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Word Origin and History for favour
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Idioms and Phrases with favour


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

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