American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gracious, friendly, or obliging act that is freely granted: do someone a favor.
- n. Friendly or favorable regard; approval or support: won the favor of the monarch; looked with favor on the plan.
- n. A state of being held in such regard: a style currently in favor.
- n. Unfair partiality; favoritism.
- n. A privilege or concession.
- n. Sexual privileges, especially as granted by a woman.
- n. Something given as a token of love, affection, or remembrance.
- n. A small decorative gift given to each guest at a party.
- n. Advantage; benefit: sailed under favor of cloudless skies.
- n. Behalf; interest: an error in our favor.
- n. Obsolete A communication, especially a letter.
- n. Archaic Aspect or appearance.
- n. Archaic Countenance; face.
- n. Obsolete A facial feature.
- v. To perform a kindness or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
- v. To treat or regard with friendship, approval, or support.
- v. To be partial to; indulge a liking for: favors bright colors.
- v. To be or tend to be in support of.
- v. To make easier or more possible; facilitate: Darkness favored their escape.
- v. To treat with care; be gentle with: favored my wounded leg.
- v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To resemble in appearance: She favors her father.
- v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To resemble another in appearance: She and her father favor.
- idiom. in favor of In support of; approving: We are in favor of her promotion to president.
- idiom. in favor of To the advantage of: The court decided in favor of the plaintiff.
- idiom. in favor of Inscribed or made out to the benefit of: a check in favor of a charity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Good will; kind regard; countenance; friendly disposition; a willingness to aid, support, or defend.
- n. The state of favoring or of being favored; friendly consideration bestowed or received; objective regard, aid, support, or behoof: with in: as, to be or act in favor of a person or thing; to resign an office in favor of another; he is in high favor at court or with the people.
- n. The object of kind regard; the person or thing favored.
- n. A kind act or office; kindness done or manifested; any act of grace or good will, as distinguished from acts of justice or remuneration.
- n. Partial kindness; biased regard or consideration; predilection; partiality: as, kissing goes by favor; a fair field and no favor.
- n. Leave; permission; indulgence; concession.
- n. Advantage; convenience afforded for success: as, the enemy approached under favor of the night.
- n. Something bestowed as a token of good will or of love; a gift or present; hence, a gift, usually from a woman to a man, as a sleeve, glove, or knot of ribbons, to be worn, as a token of friendship or love, at a fair or wedding, in a festive assembly, or habitually, as formerly in knight-errantry. Now specifically applied to the small gifts of various kinds exchanged between the partners in the dance called the german.
- n. Countenance; appearance; look; features.
- n. A charm; attraction; grace.
- n. A letter or written communication: said complimentarily: as, your favor of yesterday's date is to hand.
- n. Synonyms Patronage, support, championship. Benefit.
- To regard with favor; entertain favor for; be disposed to aid; countenance; befriend; regard or treat with favor or partiality; accommodate: as, to favor the weaker side.
- To be favorable to; facilitate or render easier: as, the darkness of the night favored the enemy's approach.
- To resemble in features or aspect; look somewhat like.
- To ease; spare: as, to favor a lame leg.
- To extenuate; palliate; represent favorably, as in painting or description.
- Synonyms To patronize, help, assist.
- To have the semblance (of).
- n. A deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).
- n. Goodwill; benevolent regard.
- n. A small gift; a party favor.
- v. transitive To look upon fondly; to prefer.
- v. transitive To treat with care.
- v. transitive To have a similar appearance, to look like another person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will.
- n. The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending.
- n. 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.
- n. Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
- n. The object of regard; person or thing favored.
- n. 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.
- n. obsolete Appearance; look; countenance; face.
- n. (Law) Partiality; bias.
- n. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment.
- n. obsolete Love locks.
- v. 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.
- v. To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate.
- v. To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of.
- n. souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
- v. promote over another
- n. an inclination to approve
- n. an act of gracious kindness
- n. a feeling of favorable regard
- v. treat gently or carefully
- v. bestow a privilege upon
- n. an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
- v. consider as the favorite
- From Anglo-Norman favour, from mainland Old French favor, from Latin favor, respelled in English to more closely match its Latin etymon. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from favēre, to be favorable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I've been voting since 1972, and the only thing I'm sure they're in favor is tax cuts to the rich – which hasn't done a darn thing to help any one of us average Americans.”
“The branch of government currently most in favor is the Judicial.”
“The only one showing even a plurality in favor is the wacky NY Times/CBS surveythat managed to generate a 46 percent undecided number.”
“Since when did an imperial general use the word favor when talking to a subordinate?”
“Another amazing point in their favor is the sheer ability of these stories to withstand the test of time.”
“Another point in her favor is the absolute fallibility of her characters.”
“A spokesman for Mr. Mica said the proposed legislation was intended to correct what he called a "favor to organized labor" by the mediation board.”
“In his favor is the Swede's game, which is superb.”
“Backspin: In his favor is his laissez-faire approach to golf, and the fact he dominated the toughest links golf course in the world for 71 holes.”
“For although the Mass is called an offering, in what does the term favor the dreams concerning the _opus operatum_, and the application which, they imagine, merits for others the remission of sins?”
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