Definitions for favorˈfeɪ vər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fa•vor*ˈfeɪ vər(n.)

  1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for payment; a kind act.

  2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill:

    to win someone's favor.

  3. popularity:

    an athlete who enjoys great favor among the fans.

  4. preferential treatment; partiality.

  5. a gift bestowed as a token of regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.

  6. a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty.

  7. a small gift or decorative item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.

  8. Usu., favors. sexual intimacy, esp. as permitted by a woman.

  9. Archaic. a letter, esp. a commercial one.

  10. (v.t.)to regard with favor; approve; sanction.

  11. to prefer; treat with partiality.

  12. to show favor to; oblige; encourage:

    Will you favor us with a reply?

  13. to be favorable to; facilitate:

    The wind favored their journey.

  14. to treat or use gently:

    to favor a sore wrist.

  15. to aid or support:

    They favored the party's cause with ample funds.

  16. to bear a physical resemblance to:

    to favor one's mother's family.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  17. Ref: Also, esp. Brit., favour.

Idioms for favor:

  1. find favor with,to gain the approval of; be liked by.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in favor,popular; widely accepted or enjoyed:

    styles that are now in favor.

    Category: Idiom

  3. in favor of, on the side of; in support of. to the advantage of. (of a check, draft, etc.) payable to.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in one's favor,to one's credit or advantage.

    Category: Idiom

  5. out of favor,no longer liked or approved of.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: See -or1.

Origin of favor:

1250–1300; ME favo(u)r < AF, OF < L, der. of favēre to favor


Princeton's WordNet

  1. favor, favour(noun)

    an act of gracious kindness

  2. favor, favour(noun)

    an advantage to the benefit of someone or something

    "the outcome was in his favor"

  3. favor, favour(noun)

    an inclination to approve

    "that style is in favor this season"

  4. favor, favour(noun)

    a feeling of favorable regard

  5. party favor, party favour, favor, favour(verb)

    souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party

  6. prefer, favor, favour(verb)

    promote over another

    "he favors his second daughter"

  7. favor, favour(verb)

    consider as the favorite

    "The local team was favored"

  8. favor, favour(verb)

    treat gently or carefully

  9. privilege, favor, favour(verb)

    bestow a privilege upon

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. favor(noun)ˈfeɪ vər

    sth you do to help sb

    I'm helping as a favor to my friend.; Could you do me a favor and help me lift this?

  2. favorˈfeɪ vər

    approval and support

  3. favorˈfeɪ vər

    having/not having sb's approval

    She's back in favor with the management now.

  4. favorˈfeɪ vər

    benefiting sb

    a bank error in our favor

  5. favorˈfeɪ vər


    Forty-three percent voted in favor of the changes.

  6. favorˈfeɪ vər

    choosing sth else instead

    We decided against the red one, in favor of the blue.

  7. favor(verb)ˈfeɪ vər

    to be more likely to choose sth; = prefer

    She favors the old-fashioned baby names.

  8. favorˈfeɪ vər

    to treat sb better than sb else

    My parents always favored my brother.


  1. favor(Noun)

    A deed in which help is voluntarily provided.

    He did me a favor when he took the time to drive me home.

  2. favor(Noun)

    Goodwill; benevolent regard.

    She enjoyed the queen's favor.

  3. favor(Noun)

    A small gift; a party favor.

    At the holiday dinner, the hosts had set a favor by each place setting.

  4. favor(Verb)

    To look upon fondly; to prefer.

  5. favor(Verb)

    To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward.

    Would you favor us with a poetry reading?

  6. favor(Verb)

    To treat with care.

    Favoring your sore leg will only injure the other one.

  7. favor(Verb)

    To have a similar appearance, to look like another person.

    You favor your grandmother more than your mother.

  8. Origin: From favor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Favor(noun)

    kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will

  2. Favor(noun)

    the act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending

  3. Favor(noun)

    a kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good will, as distinct from justice or remuneration

  4. Favor(noun)

    mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity

  5. Favor(noun)

    the object of regard; person or thing favored

  6. Favor(noun)

    a gift or represent; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding

  7. Favor(noun)

    appearance; look; countenance; face

  8. Favor(noun)

    partiality; bias

  9. Favor(noun)

    a letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received

  10. Favor(noun)

    love locks

  11. Favor(noun)

    to regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to countenance; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards

  12. Favor(noun)

    to afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy

  13. Favor(noun)

    to resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father

Translations for favor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind action

Will you do me a favour and lend me your car?

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