favour

[fey-ver]
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noun, verb (used with object) Chiefly British.


Usage note

See -or1.

favor

[fey-ver]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for favours

favours

US favors

pl n

sexual intimacy, as when consented to by a woman

favour

US favor

noun

an approving attitude; good will
an act performed out of good will, generosity, or mercy
prejudice and partiality; favouritism
a condition of being regarded with approval or good will (esp in the phrases in favour, out of favour)
archaic leave; permission
a token of love, goodwill, etc
a small gift or toy given to a guest at a party
history a badge or ribbon worn or given to indicate loyalty, often bestowed on a knight by a lady
obsolete, mainly British a communication, esp a business letter
archaic appearance
find favour with to be approved of by someone
in favour of
  1. approving
  2. to the benefit of
  3. (of a cheque, etc) made out to
  4. in order to show preference forI rejected him in favour of George

verb (tr)

to regard with especial kindness or approval
to treat with partiality or favouritism
to support; advocate
to perform a favour for; oblige
to help; facilitate
informal to resemblehe favours his father
to wear habituallyshe favours red
to treat gingerly or with tenderness; sparea footballer favouring an injured leg
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 favours

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.

favour

chiefly British English spelling of favor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. Related: Favourite; favouritism.

favor

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 favours

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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