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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fa·vor /ˈfevɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 fa·vor n.
 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 [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)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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:
           prefer, favour]
      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]