- 1 [mass noun] Approval, support, or liking for someone or something: training is looked upon with favour by many employersMore example sentences
- The union leader observed that students had lost support and favour from members of the public as a result of their riotous and unruly behaviour.
- The emperor eventually became the ultimate patron, and as time went on, without his support and favour, even the most ambitious senator could not hold high office.
- Leaders in Europe should withdraw all favor and support from any Palestinian ruler who fails his people and betrays their cause.
- 1.1Overgenerous preferential treatment: he was accused of showing favour to one of the playersMore example sentences
- Both sides of a trial seek bias in their own favour as, according to the film's ads, some cases ‘are too important to be left to juries’.
- His petition to the Scottish parliament accuses government bodies meant to regulate the fish farming industry of being biased in its favour.
- This pact is utterly one-sided-in Mexico's favor.
- 2An act of kindness beyond what is due or usual: I’ve come to ask you a favourMore example sentences
- Of course what they really meant was, ‘Do me a favour.’
- Do us a favour: Read this book and listen to this tape.
- Do us a favour, get a dictionary and look up what a gradient is.
- 2.1 (one's favours) • dated Used with reference to a woman allowing a man to have sexual intercourse with her: she had granted her favours to himMore example sentences
- The priest borrows the sum from the merchant and hands it to the wife, and the wife grants him her favours.
- 3 (also party favour) A small inexpensive gift given to guests at a party.More example sentences
- Physicians are often enticed to attend these CME programs with free meals and other favors and gifts.
- When you're preparing the baby shower supplies, gifts and favors, the shower theme will practically tell you the best ideas to pick up.
- The tricky thing is to draw an appropriate line between a token gift or favor and a more substantial one.
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- 1Feel or show approval or preference for: slashing public spending is a policy that few politicians favourMore example sentences
advocate, recommend, advise, subscribe to, approve of, look on with favour, be in favour of, support, back, champion; campaign for, stand up for, argue for, press for, lobby for, urge, promote, espouse, endorse, sanction, vouch for• informal plug, pushpreferred, favourite, recommended, chosen, choice, selected, most-liked, ideal, particular, special, pet• informal blue-eyed
- It also approved a relaxation of some of the conditions attached to its initial approval and this again favoured the developer.
- The demand for UN approval is favoured by sections of the European ruling class and various antiwar groupings.
- Most of the people surveyed favor FDA regulation to approve product safety.
- 1.1Give unfairly preferential treatment to: critics argued that the policy favoured the private sectorMore example sentences
show favouritism towards, have a bias towards, treat with partiality, have as a favourite, think more highly of, hold in higher regard; indulge, pamper, spoil
- If you believe a club gets favoured treatment from the NRL, name the club?
- Nevertheless, it is widely believed that that current laws disproportionately and unfairly favour women.
- Critics claim that the Indian government unfairly favors the IITs when education dollars are doled out.
- 1.2Work to the advantage of: natural selection has favoured batsMore example sentences
- The contrast is between a random sampling of gametes that leads to the fixation of selectively neutral alleles and natural selection favoring advantageous variations.
- In the competitive struggle for existence, creatures possessing advantageous mutations would be favoured, eventually evolving into new species.
- The ball blew all over the field and although it did favour the home side in the second half, they couldn't get the equalising goal.
- 2 (favour someone with) (Often used in polite requests) give someone (something desired): please favour me with an answerMore example sentences
- She favoured me with what might have been a fond glance, sighed a mega-cat sigh, and went back to sleep.
- Marlow favored us with what must seem like an enigmatic smile, but I knew better.
- Ariana favored Mae with one of her shark-like smiles.
- 3 • dated or North American • informal Resemble (a parent or other relative) in facial features: she’s pretty, and she favours youMore example sentences
- I don't really know him so I was shocked to see how much he favors our grandfather and great-grandfather.
- Her very soft southern accent and her facial features favor those of her late father.
- He favors my mother and I think I got the best of my dad.
- 4Treat (an injured limb) gently, not putting one’s full weight on it: he favours his sore legMore example sentences
- Nicholas rose with some difficulty, favoring his injured leg, and began to make his way over to Erin just as Mr. Saturn did something by the wall.
- Floyd has been favoring the sore foot, which he says is always on his mind and is preventing him from getting the proper balance he needs at the plate.
- She appeared to be favoring a sore foot on floor exercise, finishing the event with a simple layout.
do someone a favour
- Do something for someone as an act of kindness: he did us a big favour by postponing his departure for a couple of weeksMore example sentences
- They act like they're perfect and they're doing you a favour by even talking to you.
- He's probably doing you a favor by taking the job on.
- We have to win both our games and rely on other teams doing us a favour.
- (do me a favour) [in imperative] British • informal Used to express brusque dismissal of a remark: ‘Are you some kind of social worker?’ ‘Do me a favour!’More example sentences
- Festival of freedom? Do me a favour.
- £56 a night for a doss house? Do me a favour.
- Oh, and we're supposed to respect them, as well. Do me a favour!
do someone no favours
- • informal Do something that is unhelpful to someone: you won’t do yourself any favours by getting worked upMore example sentences
- They won 2-1 but the scoreline did them no favours.
- They said the man ‘became very irate, told us we were very opinionated, that we were doing him no favours by staying and to get our bags and get out’.
- Giving students extra marks for being ‘disadvantaged’ does them no favours.
in (or out of) favour
- Meeting with (or having lost) approval: they were not in favour with the partyMore example sentences
- Other sites currently out of favour in my head are ones that were firm favourites three or six or twelve months ago.
- The latter may not be in favour currently, but he surely doesn't deserve a punishment like that!
- That means the representatives of the vast majority of the population are in favour.
in one's favour
- To one’s advantage: events were moving in his favourMore example sentences
- They eventually paid the price but the home side could only add a penalty when the numeric advantage stood in their favour.
- This gives us something we can use in our favour, a huge advantage.
- I expect a numerical advantage to be in our favour for today's derby, though.
in favour of
- 1To be replaced by: he stepped down as leader in favour of his rivalMore example sentences
- When they fail that task I vote them out in favour of someone who will try harder.
- 2In support or to the advantage of: members have voted in favour of strike action the judge decided in favour of the defendantMore example sentences
- The union warned of a walkout in the new year if workers vote in favour of strikes.
- Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of annual elections in a recent ballot.
- Many locals and individual unions have voted in favor of a one-day general strike.
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- Great meetings are being held in which warm and angry words prevail by both favourers and denouncers of the measure, and petitions, pro and con, to both houses of parliament, are lying for signature in all parts of this town.
Middle English (in the noun sense 'liking, preference'): via Old French from Latin favor, from favere 'show kindness to' (related to fovere 'cherish').