Pronunciation: (fā'vur),[key] —n. 1. something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor. 2. friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king. 3. the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor. 4. excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect. 5. a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady.
6. a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party.
7. a small gift or decorative or festive item, as a noisemaker or paper hat, often distributed to guests at a party.
8. Usually, favors. sexual intimacy, esp. as permitted by a woman.
9. Archaic.a letter, esp. a commercial one.
10. find favor with, to gain the favor of; be liked by: The play found favor with the opening-night audience. 11. in favor of, a. on the side of; in support of: to be in favor of reduced taxation. b. to the advantage of.
c. (of a check, draft, etc.) payable to: Make out your checks in favor of the corporation. 12. in one's favor, to one's credit or advantage: All the comments were in your favor. 13. out of favor, no longer liked or approved; no longer popular or fashionable: He's out of favor with the president and may soon be fired.
—v.t. 1. to regard with favor: to favor an enterprise. 2. to prefer; treat with partiality: The father favored his younger son. 3. to show favor to; oblige: The king favored him with an audience. 4. to be favorable to; facilitate: The wind favored their journey. 5. to deal with, treat, or use gently: to favor a lame leg. 6. to aid or support: He favored his party's cause with ample funds. 7. to bear a physical resemblance to; resemble: to favor one's father's side of the family.Also,esp. Brit.,favour.