Definition of Favor

1. Noun. An act of gracious kindness.

Exact synonyms: Favour
Generic synonyms: Benignity, Kindness
Specialized synonyms: Good Turn, Turn
Derivative terms: Favour

2. Verb. Promote over another. "The chefs favor the vegetables"; "He favors his second daughter"
Exact synonyms: Favour, Prefer
Generic synonyms: Advance, Elevate, Kick Upstairs, Promote, Raise, Upgrade
Specialized synonyms: Advantage
Derivative terms: Favour, Preferment

3. Noun. An advantage to the benefit of someone or something. "The outcome was in his favor"
Exact synonyms: Favour
Generic synonyms: Advantage, Vantage

4. Verb. Consider as the favorite. "The local team was favored"
Exact synonyms: Favour
Generic synonyms: Consider, Reckon, Regard, See, View

5. Noun. An inclination to approve. "That style is in favor this season"
Exact synonyms: Favour
Generic synonyms: Disposition, Inclination, Tendency

6. Verb. Treat gently or carefully. "Sam cannot favor Sue "
Exact synonyms: Favour
Generic synonyms: Save, Spare
Derivative terms: Favour

7. Noun. A feeling of favorable regard.
Exact synonyms: Favour
Generic synonyms: Approval
Derivative terms: Favour, Favour, Favour

8. Verb. Bestow a privilege upon. "They favor him to write the letter"
Exact synonyms: Favour, Privilege
Generic synonyms: Allow, Countenance, Let, Permit
Derivative terms: Favour, Favour, Privilege, Privilege

9. Noun. Souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party.
Exact synonyms: Favour, Party Favor, Party Favour
Specialized synonyms: Cracker, Cracker Bonbon, Snapper
Generic synonyms: Keepsake, Relic, Souvenir, Token

Definition of Favor

1. n. Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will.

2. v. t. 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 countenance; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards.

Definition of Favor

1. Noun. A deed in which help is voluntarily provided. ¹

2. Noun. Goodwill; benevolent regard. ¹

3. Noun. A small gift; a party favor. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To look upon fondly; to prefer. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To do a favor [noun sense 1] for; to show beneficence toward. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To treat with care. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To have a similar appearance, to look like another person. ¹

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Definition of Favor

1. to regard with approval [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Favor

1. 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 fabor 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 represent; 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. "This boy is fair, of female favor." (Shak) 8. Partiality; bias. 9. A letter or epistle; so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received. 10. Love locks. Challenge to the favor or for favor, 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) Synonym: Kindness, countenance, patronage, support, lenity, grace, gift, present, benefit. Origin: OF. Favor, F. Faveur, L. Favor, fr. Favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. Bhavaya to further, foster, causative of bh to become, be. Cf. Be. In the phrase to curry favor, favor is prob. For favel a horse. See Favel. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Favor

favic chandeliers
favor (current term)
favorable position
favorable reception

Literary usage of Favor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1875)
"... equivocal : In favor of State Colleges and a National University ; in favor ot tillage High Schools and city Academies ; in favor of Secular Schools, ..."

2. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (1905)
"THE CHAIRMAN : We are now to have a report from the Committee appointed at the Conference last year to memorialize Congress in favor of national aid to ..."

3. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1905)
"On motion, the resolution was adopted. RESOLUTION IN favor OF A STATE EXHIBIT IN BELGIUM. ... I am decidedly in favor of that resolution. ..."

4. Conquest of the Country Northwest of the River Ohio, 1778-1783 by William Hayden English (1896)
"1171 00 500 00 5CO 00 Quartermaster Rogers' certificate In favor of Mr. Renault, ... 921 00 199 Captain Helm's order in favor of Mr. Renault, for sundries. ..."

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