Meaning of “favour” in the English Dictionary

"favour" in British English

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UK US favor uk /ˈfeɪ.vər/ us /ˈfeɪ.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

  • The majority of people in the province are in favour of devolution.
  • He claimed that he had been pushed aside in favour of a younger person.
  • The system of benefits is weighted in favour of those who have children.
  • Delegates have voted in favour of the motion.
  • 54% of voters were in favour, 30% against, and the rest were undecided.

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

  • He never even thanked me, so that's the last time I do him a favour.
  • Can I ask you a favour?
  • Could you do me a favour and pass these sandwiches round?
  • The reason (that) I'm calling is to ask a favour.
  • It is illegal for public officials to solicit gifts or money in exchange for favours.

favourverb [ T ]

UK US favor uk /ˈfeɪ.vər/ us /ˈfeɪ.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

  • The president is predisposed towards negotiation and favours a peaceful way of resolving the crisis.
  • Jones favours a dynamic, hands-on style of management.
  • They favour the self-regulation of the industry, and strict codes of conduct have already been issued by the Advertising Association.
  • The committee favours the cheapest option.
  • Which of the proposals do you favour?
adjective US favored uk /ˈfeɪ.vəd/ us /ˈfeɪ.vɚd/

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(Definition of “favour” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)