- Favor is defined as approval or something you do for someone else.
- An example of favor is when your daughter behaves correctly.
- An example of favor is when you pick up the drycleaning for your husband so he doesn't have to.
- The definition of favor is to show preferential treatment and to act like you like someone better than others.
An example of favor is when a teacher always calls only on the students she likes.
favor definition by Webster's New World
- friendly or kind regard; good will; approval; liking
- unfair partiality; favoritism
- a kind, obliging, friendly, or generous act: to do someone a favor
- sexual privileges granted by a woman
- a small gift, souvenir, or token
- Archaic a token of love, as to a knight from a female admirer
- Archaic a business letter or note: your favor of the 15th June
- appearance or look
- face or countenance
- Obsolete attractiveness; charm
Origin: Middle English favour ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin favor ; from favere, to favor ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghow-, to perceive from source Old English (ofer) gumian, to neglect, Czech hověti, to take precautions (with), spare
- to regard with favor; approve or like
- to be indulgent or too indulgent toward; be partial to; prefer unfairly
- to be for; support; advocate; endorse
- to make easier; help; assist: rain favored his escape
- to do a kindness for
- to look like; resemble in facial features: to favor one's mother
- to use gently; spare: to favor an injured leg
- favorer noun
favor definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A gracious, friendly, or obliging act that is freely granted: do someone a favor.
- a. Friendly or favorable regard; approval or support: won the favor of the monarch; looked with favor on the plan.b. A state of being held in such regard: a style currently in favor.
- Unfair partiality; favoritism.
- a. A privilege or concession.b. favors Sexual privileges, especially as granted by a woman.
- a. Something given as a token of love, affection, or remembrance.b. A small decorative gift given to each guest at a party.
- Advantage; benefit: sailed under favor of cloudless skies.
- Behalf; interest: an error in our favor.
- Obsolete A communication, especially a letter.
- Archaic a. Aspect or appearance.b. Countenance; face.
- Obsolete A facial feature.
- To perform a kindness or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
- To treat or regard with friendship, approval, or support.
- To be partial to; indulge a liking for: favors bright colors.
- To be or tend to be in support of.
- To make easier or more possible; facilitate: Darkness favored their escape.
- To treat with care; be gentle with: favored my wounded leg.
- Chiefly Southern U.S. To resemble in appearance: She favors her father.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from favēre, to be favorable.
- faˈvor·er noun
- faˈvor·ing·ly adverb
favor - Phrases/Idioms
in favor of
- approving; supporting; endorsing
- to the advantage of
- payable to, as a check, etc.
in someone's favor
out of favor
in favor of
- In support of; approving: We are in favor of her promotion to president.
- To the advantage of: The court decided in favor of the plaintiff.
- Inscribed or made out to the benefit of: a check in favor of a charity.