[ fey-ver ]

noun, verb (used with object)Chiefly British.

usage note For favour

See -or1.

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British Dictionary definitions for favour


US favor

/ (ˈfeɪvə) /

  1. an approving attitude; good will

  2. an act performed out of good will, generosity, or mercy

  1. prejudice and partiality; favouritism

  2. a condition of being regarded with approval or good will (esp in the phrases in favour, out of favour)

  3. archaic leave; permission

  4. a token of love, goodwill, etc

  5. a small gift or toy given to a guest at a party

  6. history a badge or ribbon worn or given to indicate loyalty, often bestowed on a knight by a lady

  7. obsolete, mainly British a communication, esp a business letter

  8. archaic appearance

  9. find favour with to be approved of by someone

  10. in favour of

    • approving

    • to the benefit of

    • (of a cheque, etc) made out to

    • in order to show preference for: I rejected him in favour of George

  1. to regard with especial kindness or approval

  2. to treat with partiality or favouritism

  1. to support; advocate

  2. to perform a favour for; oblige

  3. to help; facilitate

  4. informal to resemble: he favours his father

  5. to wear habitually: she favours red

  6. to treat gingerly or with tenderness; spare: a footballer favouring an injured leg

Origin of favour

C14: from Latin, from favēre to protect

Derived forms of favour

  • favourer or US favorer, noun
  • favouringly or US favoringly, adverb

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