- 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.
- 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 of favorMiddle 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
in favor of
- approving; supporting; endorsing
- to the advantage of
- payable to, as a check, etc.
in someone's favor
out of favor
- 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: The referees were warned not to show favor to either team.
- a. A privilege or concession: had the favor of talking with her for an hour.b. favors Permission to engage in sexual activity, especially when granted by a woman to a male partner.
- 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.
verbfa·vored, fa·vor·ing, fa·vors
- To perform a kindness or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
- a. To have a liking for; be partial to; prefer: favored coffee over tea at breakfast; favored the suitor with the quick wit.b. To approve, advocate, or support: economists who favor free trade.c. To show partiality or unfair preference to: thought the law favored men over women.
- To believe to be most likely to succeed: The Tigers are favored to win the championship.
- a. To be advantageous to; make more likely to be successful: Darkness favored their escape. The climate favors conifers.b. To speed up or otherwise increase the success of (a chemical process or pathway): Increasing the pressure favors the reaction.
- To treat with care; be gentle with: favored my wounded leg.
- Chiefly Southern US To resemble in appearance: She favors her father.
verb, intransitive Chiefly Southern US
Origin of favorMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin, from favēre, to be favorable.
(plural favors) (US, alternative in Canada)
- A kind or helpful deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).
- He did me a favor when he took the time to drive me home.
- Goodwill; benevolent regard.
- She enjoyed the queen's favor.
- to fall out of favor
- A small gift; a party favor.
- At the holiday dinner, the hosts had set a favor by each place setting.
- A marriage favour is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding.
- Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
- The object of regard; person or thing favoured.
- (law) Partiality; bias.
- (archaic, polite) A letter.
- Your favour of yesterday is received.
- Favor is the standard US spelling, and an alternative in Canada. Favour is the standard spelling in Canada and outside North America.
- English speakers usually "do someone a favor" (rather than *"make them a favor", which would be sense 3 only). See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for uses and meaning of favour collocated with these words.
(third-person singular simple present favors, present participle favoring, simple past and past participle favored) (US, alternative in Canada)
- To look upon fondly; to prefer.
- To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward.
- Would you favor us with a poetry reading?
- To treat with care.
- Favoring your sore leg will only injure the other one.
- To have a similar appearance, to look like another person.
- You favor your grandmother more than your mother.