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.
9. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
10. pl. Love locks. [Obs.]
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
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.
Fa·vor, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Favored p. pr. & vb. n. Favoring.]
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.
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: souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a
party [syn: party favor, party favour, favour]
v 1: promote over another; "he favors his second daughter" [syn:
2: consider as the favorite; "The local team was favored" [syn:
3: treat gently or carefully [syn: favour]
4: bestow a privilege upon [syn: privilege, favour]