fa·vour [favour favours favoured favouring] (especially US favor) noun, verb BrE [ˈfeɪvə(r)]
NAmE [ˈfeɪvər]
noun  HELP
1. countable a thing that you do to help sb
Could you do me a favour and pick up Sam from school today?
Can I ask a favour.
I would never ask for any favours from her.
I'm going as a favour to Ann, not because I want to.
I'll ask Steve to take it. He owes me a favour.
Thanks for helping me out. I'll return the favour (= help you because you have helped me) some time.
Do yourself a favour (= help yourself) and wear a helmet on the bike.  
2. uncountable approval or support for sb/sth
The suggestion to close the road has found favour with (= been supported by) local people.
The programme has lost favour with viewers recently.
an athlete who fell from favour after a drugs scandal
(formal) The government looks with favour upon (= approves of) the report's recommendations.
She's not in favour with (= supported or liked by) the media just now.
It seems Tim is back in favour with the boss (= the boss likes him again).  
3. uncountable treatment that is generous to one person or group in a way that seems unfair to others
Syn: bias
As an examiner, she showed no favour to any candidate.  
4. favors plural (NAmE) = party favors  
5. favours plural (old-fashioned) agreement to have sex with sb
demands for sexual favours
more at curry favour at curry v., without fear or favour at fear n., the cards/odds are stacked in your favour at stacked
Word Origin:
Middle English (in the noun sense ‘liking, preference’): via Old French from Latin favor, from favere ‘show kindness to’ (related to fovere ‘cherish’).
Example Bank:
Although I am friends with the tennis ace, I don't expect any favours from him on court.
Artists sought the favour of wealthy patrons.
As a personal favour to me, please don't release my story to the press.
Depth of training is looked upon with favour by many employers.
Do yourself a favour and cut your credit cards in half.
Early in his musical career he abandoned blues in favour of jazz.
Environmental conservation generally works in favour of maintaining the status quo.
He is strongly in favour of capital punishment.
He needed another favour from her.
He stood in high favour at the court of Lewis the Pious.
He tried to curry favour with the teachers.
Her political views have not found favour in recent years.
I came here to ask you a big favour.
I don't expect any favours from my friends on the tennis court.
I'll ask Jane. She owes me a favour.
In the Christian tradition, the world exists only as an act of divine favour.
No one was willing to speak out in favour of their colleague.
Rodrigo accepted the favours bestowed on him by the new king.
She argued in favour of this policy.
She had one last favour to ask her brother.
She is too popular with the public to find much favour with the critics.
Thanks very much. I'll return the favour one day.
The High Court found in favour of the plaintiffs.
The bishop was said to have enjoyed the king's favour.
The committee came down in favour of setting up a national body.
The golf tournament went in the Americans' favour.
The senior officials were punished and rapidly fell from favour.
This argument found favour among advocates of multiculturalism.
This did not meet with public favour.
This idea has long since fallen out of favour.
This piece of software has two points in its favour: it's fast and inexpensive.
Traditionally, vigilante groups have found greater favour on the political right.
Why are we trying to court the favour of critics?
an argument in favour of censorship
It seems Tim is back in favour with the boss.
She's not in favour with the media just now.
The government looks with favour upon the report's recommendations.
The show has lost favour with viewers recently.
The suggestion to close the road has found favour with local people.
Idioms: do me a favour! do somebody no favours in favour in somebody's favour
verb  PREFER
1. ~ sth | ~ (sb) doing sth to prefer one system, plan, way of doing sth, etc. to another
Many countries favour a presidential system of government.
It's a resort favoured by families with young children.  
2. ~ sb to treat sb better than you treat other people, especially in an unfair way
The treaty seems to favour the US.
My parents always favoured my older brother.  
3. ~ sth to provide suitable conditions for a particular person, group, etc
The warm climate favours many types of tropical plants.  
4. ~ sb (old-fashioned or NAmE) to look like one of your parents or older relations
She definitely favours her father.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Middle English (in the noun sense ‘liking, preference’): via Old French from Latin favor, from favere ‘show kindness to’ (related to fovere ‘cherish’).
Example Bank:
Haitians especially favour seafoods.
He favoured some individuals at the expense of others.
I personally favour this last option.
News coverage should not favour one party over another.
Pot plants are increasingly favoured as gifts by guests.
She continues to favour large-scale developments.
The Democrat candidate is favoured for re-election.
The polls slightly favour the Republicans.
The prime minister is thought to favour an early referendum on the issue.
We strongly favour reform of the system.
It's a resort favoured by families with young children.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. an act of gracious kindness
Syn: favour
2. an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
- the outcome was in his favor
Syn: favour
3. an inclination to approve
- that style is in favor this season
Syn: favour
4. a feeling of favorable regard
Syn: favour
5. souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
Syn: party favor, party favour, favour
1. promote over another
- he favors his second daughter
Syn: prefer, favour
- Sam cannot favor Sue
- The chefs favor the vegetables
2. consider as the favorite
- The local team was favored
Syn: favour
3. treat gently or carefully
Syn: favour
- Sam cannot favor Sue
4. bestow a privilege upon
Syn: privilege, favour
- They favor him to write the letter

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will.
Hath crawled into the favor of the king.
2.The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending.
But found no favor in his lady's eyes.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
3.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.
Beg one favor at thy gracious hand.
4.Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence.
5.The object of regard; person or thing favored.
All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man,
His chief delight and favor.
6.A gift or present; 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.
Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy cap.
7.Appearance; look; countenance; face.
This boy is fair, of female favor.
8.(Law) Partiality; bias.
9.A letter or epistle; - so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
10.Love locks.
Challenge to the favor
(Law) the challenge of a juror on grounds not sufficient to constitute a principal challenge, but sufficient to give rise to a probable suspicion of favor or bias, such as acquaintance, business relation, etc. See Principal challenge, under Challenge.
In favor of
upon the side of; favorable to; for the advantage of.
In favor with
favored, countenanced, or encouraged by.
To curry favor
to seek to gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or officious civilities.
With one's favor
with leave; by kind permission.
But, with your favor, I will treat it here.
v. t.1.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 treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards.
[imp. & p. p. Favored (fā"vẽrd); p. pr. & vb. n. Favoring.]
O happy youth! and favored of the skies.
He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab.
[The painter] has favored her squint admirably.
2.To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy.
3.To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father.
The porter owned that the gentleman favored his master.

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