Definition of favour verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English favor) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvər//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they favour
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvər//
    he / she / it favours
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərz//
    past simple favoured
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərd//
    past participle favoured
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərd//
    -ing form favouring
    BrE BrE//ˈfeɪvərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeɪvərɪŋ//
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  1. 1favour something | favour (somebody) doing something to prefer one system, plan, way of doing something, etc. to another Many countries favour a presidential system of government. It’s a resort favoured by families with young children.
  2. treat better
  3. 2favour somebody to treat somebody better than you treat other people, especially in an unfair way The treaty seems to favour the US. My parents always favoured my older brother.
  4. help
  5. 3favour something to provide suitable conditions for a particular person, group, etc. The warm climate favours many types of tropical plants.
  6. look like parent
  7. 4favour somebody (old-fashioned or North American English) to look like one of your parents or older relations She definitely favours her father.
  8. Word OriginMiddle English (in the noun sense ‘liking, preference’): via Old French from Latin favor, from favere ‘show kindness to’ (related to fovere ‘cherish’).Extra examples Haitians especially favour seafoods. He favoured some individuals at the expense of others. I personally favour this last option. News coverage should not favour one party over another. Pot plants are increasingly favoured as gifts by guests. She continues to favour large-scale developments. The Democrat candidate is favoured for re-election. The polls slightly favour the Republicans. The prime minister is thought to favour an early referendum on the issue. We strongly favour reform of the system. It’s a resort favoured by families with young children.