- 1 [countable] a thing that you do to help somebody Could you do me a favour and pick up Sam from school today? Can I ask a favour? I would never ask for any favours from her. I'm going as a favour to Ann, not because I want to. I'll ask Steve to take it. He owes me a favour. Thanks for helping me out. I'll return the favour (= help you because you have helped me) some time. Do yourself a favour (= help yourself) and wear a helmet on the bike. Express YourselfAsking for permission/a favourYou are more likely to get what you want if you can ask for it politely. Here are some ways of asking whether you may do something: Would you mind if I opened the window? Could I possibly borrow your phone? I hate to ask, but could I please borrow your phone?(North American English) Do you happen to have a pair of gloves I could borrow for the evening? Would it be all right if I left five minutes early? Is there any chance that we could stay at your house the night before our flight? Would it be OK to leave my bag here?Responses: Yes, of course. Go ahead. That's fine. I'd rather you didn't, if you don't mind. I'd prefer it if you asked somebody else. If there's someone else you can ask, I'd be grateful. approval
- 2 [uncountable] approval or support for somebody/something The suggestion to close the road has found favour with (= been supported by) local people. The programme has lost favour with viewers recently. an athlete who fell from favour after a drugs scandal (formal) The government looks with favour upon (= approves of) the report's recommendations. She's not in favour with (= supported or liked by) the media just now. It seems Tim is back in favour with the boss (= the boss likes him again). better treatment
- 3[uncountable] treatment that is generous to one person or group in a way that seems unfair to others synonym bias As an examiner, she showed no favour to any candidate. party gift
- 4favors [plural] (North American English) = party favors sex
- 5favours [plural] (old-fashioned) agreement to have sex with somebody demands for sexual favours Word Origin Middle English (in the noun sense ‘liking, preference’): via Old French from Latin favor, from favere
- 1 if you are in favour of somebody/something, you support and agree with them/it He argued in favour of a strike. There were 247 votes in favour (of the motion) and 152 against. I'm all in favour of (= completely support) equal pay for equal work. Most of the ‘don't knows’ in the opinion polls came down in favour of (= eventually chose to support) the Democrats.
- 2in exchange for another thing (because the other thing is better or you want it more) He abandoned teaching in favour of a career as a musician.
- 1if something is in somebody’s favour, it gives them an advantage or helps them The exchange rate is in our favour at the moment. She was willing to bend the rules in Mary's favour.
- 2a decision or judgement that is in somebody’s favour benefits that person or says that they were right The court decided in Ms Smith’s favour and she received compensation for unfair dismissal.