favour Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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favournoun

UK (US favor) uk   /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 ​housingdevelopment. She is out of favour (= ​unpopular) with her ​colleagues. Her ​economictheories are in favour (= ​popular) with the ​currentgovernment. 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 hittingchildren.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 ​judgefinds in someone's favour, he or she says that that ​person is not ​guilty.
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favour noun (KIND ACT)

B1 [C] a ​kindaction 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.
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favour noun (PRESENT)

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

favourverb [T]

UK (US favor) uk   /ˈfeɪ.vər/  us   /-vɚ/
to ​support or ​prefer one ​particularpossibility: These are the ​runningshoes favoured by ​marathonrunners. In the ​survey, a ​majority of ​people favoured ​highertaxes and ​betterpublicservices over (= ​rather than)taxcuts. [+ -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 ​strongwind will favour the ​biggerboats. She always ​felt that her ​parents favoured her ​brother.
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favoured
adjective (US favored) uk   /-vəd/  us   /-vɚd/
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