Dictionary > English Dictionary > Definition, synonym and antonym of Favor
Meaning of favor by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • enPR: fā'vər, IPA: /feɪvər/, SAMPA: /feIv@r/, SAMPA: /feIv@/
    • Hyphenation: fa‧vor


    favor ( plural: favors )

    1. A deed in which help is voluntarily provided .
      He did me a favor when he took the time to drive me home .
    2. Goodwill; benevolent regard .
      She enjoyed the queen's favor .
    3. A small gift; a party favor .
      At the holiday dinner, the hosts had set a favor by each place setting .

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    to favor ( third-person singular simple present favors present participle favoring, simple past and past participle favored )

    1. ( transitive ) To look upon fondly; to prefer.
    2. ( transitive ) To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward .
      Would you favor us with a poetry reading?
    3. ( transitive ) To treat with care .
      Favoring your sore leg will only injure the other one .
    4. ( transitive ) To have a similar appearance, to look like another person .
      You favor your grandmother more than your mother .

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Explanation of favor by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. consider as the favorite

    2. The local team was favored
    3. promote over another

    4. he favors his second daughter
    5. bestow a privilege upon

    6. treat gently or carefully

    1. an act of gracious kindness

    2. souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party

    3. an advantage to the benefit of someone or something

    4. the outcome was in his favor
    5. an inclination to approve

    6. that style is in favor this season
    7. a feeling of favorable regard

    Definition of favor by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. favor ( fāvẽr ), n. [Written also favour.] [OF. favor, F. faveur, L. favor, fr. favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. bhāvaya to further, foster, causative of bhū to become, be. Cf. Be. In the phrase to curry favor, favor is prob. for favel a horse. See 2d Favel.]
      1. Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will.

      Hath crawled into the favor of the king. Shak.

      2. The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending.

      But found no favor in his lady's eyes. Dryden.

      And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Luke ii. 52.

      3. 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.

      Beg one favor at thy gracious hand. Shak.

      4. Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.

      I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence. Swift.

      5. The object of regard; person or thing favored.

      All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man,

      His chief delight and favor. Milton.

      6. 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; as, “a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding”.

      Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy cap. Shak.

      7. Appearance; look; countenance; face. [Obs.]

      This boy is fair, of female favor. Shak.

      8. ( Law ) Partiality; bias. Bouvier.

      9. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, “your favor of yesterday is received”.

      10. pl. Love locks. [Obs.] Wright.

      Challenge to the favor or Challenge for favor ( Law ), the challenge of a juror on grounds not sufficient to constitute a principal challenge, but sufficient to give rise to a probable suspicion of favor or bias, such as acquaintance, business relation, etc. See Principal challenge, under Challenge. -- In favor of, upon the side of; favorable to; for the advantage of. -- In favor with, favored, countenanced, or encouraged by. -- To curry favor [see the etymology of Favor, above], to seek to gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or officious civilities. -- With one's favor, or By one's favor, with leave; by kind permission.

      But, with your favor, I will treat it here. Dryden.

      Syn. -- Kindness; countenance; patronage; support; lenity; grace; gift; present; benefit.

    2. Favor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Favored ( fāvẽrd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Favoring.] [Written also favour.] [Cf. OF. favorer, favorir. See Favor, n.]
      1. 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.

      O happy youth! and favored of the skies. Pope.

      He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab. 2 Sam. xx. 11.

      [The painter] has favored her squint admirably. Swift.

      2. To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, “a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy”.

      3. To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, “the child favors his father”.

      The porter owned that the gentleman favored his master. Spectator.