Hypertext Webster Gateway: "favor"

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

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

{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

But, with your favor, I will treat it here.

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.

[The painter] has favored her squint admirably.

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) 1.7 (wn)

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 [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}]

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