verb (used with object)
- 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.
Origin of favor
Synonyms for favor
Antonyms for favor
Related Words for in favor offair, inclined, possible, feasible, reasonable, expected, acceptable, prone, sympathetic, positive, encouraging, benign, agreeable, supportive, achievable, anticipated, attainable, conceivable, credible, destined
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.
in favor of
Also, in one's favor.
In support of, approving, as in We are in favor of her promotion, or All the reviews were in his favor. [Mid-1500s]
To the advantage of, as in The court decided in favor of the defendant. [Mid-1500s]
Inscribed or made out to the benefit of, as in The check was made out in favor of the charity. [Mid-1500s]
Out of a preference for, as in The commissioner turned down the new road in favor of improved sewers. [Late 1800s]
see curry favor; in favor of; in favor with; in one's favor; out of favor; return the compliment (favor).