[fey-ver] /ˈfeɪ vər/
noun, verb (used with object), Chiefly British.
[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 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.
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.
sexual intimacy, as when consented to by a woman
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 Brit) a communication, esp a business letter
find favour with, to be approved of by someone
in favour of
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 resemble: he favours his father
to wear habitually: she favours red
to treat gingerly or with tenderness; spare: a footballer favouring an injured leg
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.
chiefly British English spelling of favor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. Related: Favourite; favouritism.
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