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favor \fa"vor\ (f[=a]"v[~e]r), n. [Written also favour.] [OF. favor, F. faveur, L. favor, fr. favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. bh[=a]vaya to further, foster, causative of bh[=u] to become, be. Cf. {Be}. In the phrase to curry favor, favor is prob. for favel a horse. See 2d {Favel}.]
     1. Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will. [1913 Webster]

              Hath crawled into the favor of the king. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending. [1913 Webster]

              But found no favor in his lady's eyes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.               --Luke ii. 52. [1913 Webster]

     3. A kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good will, as distinct from justice or remuneration. [1913 Webster]

              Beg one favor at thy gracious hand.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity. [1913 Webster]

              I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence.                             --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     5. The object of regard; person or thing favored. [1913 Webster]

              All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man, His chief delight and favor.          --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     6. A gift or present; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding. [1913 Webster]

              Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy cap.                                  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     7. Appearance; look; countenance; face. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              This boy is fair, of female favor.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Law) Partiality; bias. --Bouvier.
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     9. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received. [1913 Webster]

     10. pl. Love locks. [Obs.] --Wright.
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     {Challenge to the favor} or {Challenge for favor} (Law), the challenge of a juror on grounds not sufficient to constitute a principal challenge, but sufficient to give rise to a probable suspicion of favor or bias, such as acquaintance, business relation, etc. See {Principal challenge}, under {Challenge}.

     {In favor of}, upon the side of; favorable to; for the advantage of.

     {In favor with}, favored, countenanced, or encouraged by.

     {To curry favor} [see the etymology of {Favor}, above], to seek to gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or officious civilities.

     {With one's favor}, or {By one's favor}, with leave; by kind permission. [1913 Webster]

              But, with your favor, I will treat it here.
                                                    --Dryden.

     Syn: Kindness; countenance; patronage; support; lenity; grace; gift; present; benefit. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Favor \Fa"vor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Favored} (f[=a]"v[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Favoring}.] [Written also favour.] [Cf. OF. favorer, favorir. See {Favor}, n.]
     1. To regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards. [1913 Webster]

              O happy youth! and favored of the skies. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab.
                                                    --2 Sam. xx.
                                                    11. [1913 Webster]

              [The painter] has favored her squint admirably.
                                                    --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     2. To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy. [1913 Webster]

     3. To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father. [1913 Webster]

              The porter owned that the gentleman favored his master.                               --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

561 Moby Thesaurus words for "favor":
     OK, abet, abetment, accept, acceptance, accommodate, accomplishment, accord respect to, account, acculturate, acknowledgment, act of courtesy, act of grace, act of kindness, adherence, admiration, admire, adopt, adoration, adore, advance, advantage, advocacy, advocate, aegis, affinity, aid, aid and abet, aim at, air, ameliorate, amend, amenity, an in, answer, ape, apotheosis, apotheosize, appear like, appreciate, appreciation, approach, approbation, approval, approve, approve of, approximate, ascendancy, assist, assistance, attention, auspices, authority, avail, awe, baby, back, backing, bad books, bag, bail out, be desirous of, be like, be partial to, be redolent of, bear a hand, bear resemblance, bearing, befriend, behind, benediction, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, benignity, bent, better, bias, billet, blank check, bless, blessing, boon, boost, break no bones, breathless adoration, bring forward, bring to mind, brow, business letter, call to mind, call up, care, carriage, 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inclination, incomparability, indulge, indulgence, influence, influentiality, inimitability, inside track, insinuation, interest, keep in countenance, keepsake, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act, kindness, kisser, labor of love, lard, largess, lead, leadership, lean towards, leaning, lend a hand, lend one aid, lend wings to, leniency, letter, leverage, liberty, license, lift, like, like better, line, lineaments, lines, look like, look up to, looks, love, lust, lust after, magnetism, majority, make an improvement, make for, manna, map, mastery, match, meliorate, memento, memento mori, memorabilia, memorial, memorials, memories, mend, mercy, message, mien, mimic, mirror, missive, mitigation, mitzvah, mollycoddle, moment, mug, mush, mutual affinity, mutual attraction, mutual regard, near, nearly reproduce, nod, not tell apart, note, nurture, obligation, oblige, office, one-upmanship, opinion, opt for, pamper, pan, parallel, pardon, partake of, partiality, particular choice, patent, pathos, patronage, penchant, personal choice, personality, persuasion, phiz, physiognomy, pity, play favorites, please, polite act, port, posture, potency, power, precedence, predilection, predisposition, predominance, predomination, preeminence, prefer, prefer to, preference, prejudice, preponderance, prepossession, prepotence, prepotency, prerogative, presence, present, pressure, prestige, priority, privilege, prize, pro, proclivity, proffer aid, profit, promote, propensity, protect, pull, purchase, push forward, puss, put forward, quarter, quicken, raise, rally, rapport, rather, reclaim, recommend, redeem, refine upon, reform, regard, reign, relic, relief, relieve, remedy, remembrance, remembrancer, remind one of, render assistance, reply, reprieve, repute, rescript, rescue, resemble, respect, restore, resuscitate, revere, reverence, reverential regard, revive, right-of-way, rule, ruth, sanction, satisfy, save, savor of, say, seal of approval, seconding, see fit, seem like, select, self-pity, seniority, serve, service, set before, set forward, set up, shine upon, show kindness to, show preference, side with, simulate, single out, skill, smack of, smile upon, socialize, sound like, souvenir, special favor, speed, spoil, sponsor, sponsorship, stack up with, stamp of approval, stance, straighten out, style, suasion, subscribe, subtle influence, success, succor, suction, suggest, suggestion, superiority, support, supremacy, sway, sympathy, take after, take in tow, take kindly to, take to, taste, tendency, thing, think best, think fit, think highly of, think much of, think proper, think well of, token, token of remembrance, traits, transcendence, transcendency, transfigure, transform, treat unequally, treat well, trophy, turn, tutelage, type, upgrade, uphold, uplift, upper hand, urbanity, value, venerate, veneration, view, view with favor, virtuosity, visage, voice, vote, want, warrant, weight, whip hand, wish, wish to goodness, wish very much, worship, worth, would fain do, yea, yea vote, yield to


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