[ fey-ver ]
/ ˈfeɪ vər /
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.
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Idioms for favor
- 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.
find favor with, to gain the favor of; be liked by: The play found favor with the opening-night audience.
in favor of,
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.
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
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.
10 approve, countenance, sanction.
12 encourage, patronize.
15 help, assist.
OTHER WORDS FROM favorfa·vor·er, nouno·ver·fa·vor, verb (used with object)pre·fa·vor, noun, verb (used with object)un·fa·vor·ing, adjective
Words nearby favor
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Idioms and Phrases with in-one's-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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