from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Treated or thought of with great kindness or partiality: the favored child.
  • adj. Endowed with special gifts, talents, or advantages.
  • adj. Having an appearance of a specified kind. Often used in combination: ill-favored; well-favored.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative form of favoured.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of favor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Countenanced; aided; regarded with kindness.
  • adj. Having a certain favor or appearance; featured

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Featured; looking, etc.: in compounds or phrases: as, a hard-favored man; he is well favored.
  • Adorned with a favor; wearing a favor: usually in compounds.
  • In organic chemistry, noting that configuration of the atoms or radicals in a compound in which the atoms which have an attraction for each other are brought as close together as possible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. preferred above all others and treated with partiality


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