from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To perform a kindness or service for; oblige. See Synonyms at oblige.
- transitive v. To treat or regard with friendship, approval, or support.
- transitive v. To be partial to; indulge a liking for: favors bright colors.
- transitive v. To be or tend to be in support of.
- transitive v. To make easier or more possible; facilitate: Darkness favored their escape.
- transitive v. To treat with care; be gentle with: favored my wounded leg.
- transitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To resemble in appearance: She favors her father.
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).
- n. Goodwill; benevolent regard.
- n. A small gift; a party favor.
- v. To look upon fondly; to prefer.
- v. To treat with care.
- v. To have a similar appearance, to look like another person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Appearance; look; countenance; face.
- n. Partiality; bias.
- n. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment.
- n. Love locks.
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate.
- transitive v. To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of.
from The 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.
- 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).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from favēre, to be favorable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman favour, from mainland Old French favor, from Latin favor, respelled in English to more closely match its Latin etymon. (Wiktionary)