favor

A favor is an act of kindness, like doing your friend a favor by letting her borrow your calculator to take the big math test.

Favor can be used as a noun: an advantage, like having experience in your favor when you apply for a job; a nice gesture, like giving your friend a ride to school; or a party favor, a little gift you get at a party. As a verb, favor means "like the most," like foods you favor, or "treat gently," like favoring your right leg when walking because it hurts to put weight on it.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: favor

1
nv
an act of gracious kindness
consider as the favorite
2
n
souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: favor
1

n an act of gracious kindness

Synonyms:
favour
Types:
good turn, turn
a favor for someone
Type of:
benignity, kindness
a kind act

n an inclination to approve

“that style is in favor this season”
Synonyms:
favour
Type of:
disposition, inclination, tendency
an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

n a feeling of favorable regard

Synonyms:
favour
Type of:
approval
a feeling of liking something or someone good

n an advantage to the benefit of someone or something

“the outcome was in his favor
Synonyms:
favour
Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

v consider as the favorite

“The local team was favored
Synonyms:
favour
Type of:
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be

v treat gently or carefully

Synonyms:
favour
Type of:
save, spare
refrain from harming

v bestow a privilege upon

Synonyms:
favour, privilege
Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v promote over another

“he favors his second daughter”
Synonyms:
favour, prefer
Types:
advantage
give an advantage to
Type of:
advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
2

n souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party

Synonyms:
favour, party favor, party favour
Types:
cracker, cracker bonbon, snapper
a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
Type of:
keepsake, relic, souvenir, token
something of sentimental value

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