Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “favour”

See all translations

favour

noun uk UK ( US favor)   /ˈfeɪ.vər/ us    /-vɚ/

favour noun (SUPPORT)

B2 [U] the support or approval of something or someone: These plans are unlikely to find favour unless the cost is reduced. The Council voted in favour of a £200 million housing development. She is out of favour (= unpopular) with her colleagues. Her economic theories are in favour (= popular) with the current government. He sent her presents in an attempt to win her favour.be in favour of sth/doing sth to support or approve of something: Are you in favour of a ban on smoking? I'm not in favour of hitting children.in your favour C1 When something is in your favour, it gives you an advantage: This candidate has a lot in her favour, especially her experience of teaching.find in sb's favour If a judge finds in someone's favour, he or she says that that person is not guilty.
More examples

favour noun (KIND ACT)

B1 [C] a kind action that you do for someone: She called to ask me a favour. Could you do me a favour - would you feed my cat this weekend? [C usually plural] an advantage that you give to someone, such as money or a good job, especially when this is unfair: Several politicians were accused of dispensing favours to people who voted for them.
More examples

favour noun (PRESENT)

[C usually plural] a small present that you give to every guest at a wedding, party, etc.: wedding favours

favour

verb [T] uk UK ( US favor)   /ˈfeɪ.vər/ us    /-vɚ/
to support or prefer one particular possibility: These are the running shoes favoured by marathon runners. In the survey, a majority of people favoured higher taxes and better public services over (= rather than) tax cuts. [+ -ing verb] I generally favour travelling by night, when the roads are quiet. to give an advantage to someone or something, in an unfair way: A strong wind will favour the bigger boats. She always felt that her parents favoured her brother.
More examples
favoured
adjective uk ( US favored)   /-vəd/ us    /-vɚd/
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of favour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of favour?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “favour” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bauble

a piece of bright but cheap jewellery

Word of the Day

Party Talk (The language of party chat)

by Kate Woodford,
December 23, 2014
​​​ With the party season in full swing (= at its busiest now), we consider the language of socializing (= enjoying yourself with other people). We’re looking especially at words and phrases which are used to describe the different ways that people behave at a party and the sort of conversations that party

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More