browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
favor

more about favor

favor


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Favor  \Fa"vor\,  n.  [Written  also  favour.]  [OF.  favor,  F.  faveur, 
  L.  favor,  fr  favere  to  be  favorable,  cf  Skr.  bh[=a]vaya  to 
  further,  foster,  causative  of  bh[=u]  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  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.  [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  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Favor  \Fa"vor\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Favored};  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  countenance;  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  favor 
  n  1:  an  act  of  gracious  kindness  [syn:  {favour}] 
  2:  an  advantage  to  the  benefit  of  someone  or  something  "the 
  outcome  was  in  his  favor"  [syn:  {favour}] 
  3:  an  inclination  to  approve;  "that  style  is  in  favor  this 
  season"  [syn:  {favour}] 
  4:  a  feeling  of  favorable  regard  [syn:  {favour}] 
  5:  a  small  gift  given  to  a  guest  at  a  party  [syn:  {party  favor}] 
  v  1:  promote  over  another  [syn:  {prefer},  {favour}] 
  2:  consider  as  the  favorite;  "The  local  team  was  favored"  [syn: 
  {favour}] 
  3:  treat  gently  or  carefully 
  4:  bestow  a  privilege  upon  [syn:  {privilege},  {favour}] 
  5:  confer  honor  on  [syn:  {honor},  {honour},  {favour},  {grace}] 




more about favor