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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fey-ver]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər/
    • /ˈfeɪvə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fey-ver]
    • /ˈfeɪ vər/

Definitions of favor word

  • noun favor something done or granted out of goodwill, rather than from justice or for remuneration; a kind act: to ask a favor. 1
  • noun favor friendly or well-disposed regard; goodwill: to win the favor of the king. 1
  • noun favor the state of being approved or held in regard: to be in favor at court; styles that are now in favor. 1
  • noun favor excessive kindness or unfair partiality; preferential treatment: to treat some people with favor and others with neglect. 1
  • noun favor a gift bestowed as a token of goodwill, kind regard, love, etc., as formerly upon a knight by his lady. 1
  • noun favor a ribbon, badge, etc., worn in evidence of goodwill or loyalty, as by an adherent of a political party. 1

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Origin of favor

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English favo(u)r < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin favōr- (stem of favor) goodwill, equivalent to fav(ēre) to be favorably inclined + -ōr- -or1

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Parts of speech for Favor


favor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for favor

verb favor

  • promote — to help or encourage to exist or flourish; further: to promote world peace.
  • facilitate — to make easier or less difficult; help forward (an action, a process, etc.): Careful planning facilitates any kind of work.
  • advance — To advance means to move forward, often in order to attack someone.
  • abet — If one person abets another, they help or encourage them to do something criminal or wrong. Abet is often used in the legal expression 'aid and abet'.
  • befriend — If you befriend someone, especially someone who is lonely or far from home, you make friends with them.

noun favor

  • good turn — a helpful and friendly act; good deed; favour
  • errand — A short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, often on someone else's behalf.
  • kindness — the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.
  • courtesy — Courtesy is politeness, respect, and consideration for others.
  • service — Robert W(illiam) 1874–1958, Canadian writer, born in England.

Antonyms for favor

verb favor

  • frustrate — to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • impede — to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
  • obstruct — to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.

noun favor

  • disservice — harmful or injurious service; an ill turn.
  • disdain — to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
  • hindrance — an impeding, stopping, preventing, or the like.
  • injury — harm or damage that is done or sustained: to escape without injury.
  • loss — detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery.

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