favour

Definitions

  • Kissing goes by favour
    Kissing goes by favour
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v favour consider as the favorite "The local team was favored"
    • v favour promote over another "he favors his second daughter"
    • v favour bestow a privilege upon
    • v favour treat gently or carefully
    • n favour an act of gracious kindness
    • n favour souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
    • n favour an advantage to the benefit of someone or something "the outcome was in his favor"
    • n favour an inclination to approve "that style is in favor this season"
    • n favour a feeling of favorable regard
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • favour etc. See favor, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Favour fā′vur countenance: good-will: a kind deed: an act of grace or lenity: indulgence: partiality: advantage: a knot of ribbons worn at a wedding, or anything worn publicly as a pledge of a woman's favour: :
    • v.t Favour to regard with good-will: to be on the side of: to treat indulgently: to afford advantage to:
    • adj Favour esteemed, preferred
    • n Favour fā′vur (arch.) countenance, appearance: a letter or written communication
    • n Favour fā′vur (Shak.) an attraction or grace
    • v.t Favour (coll.) to resemble
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Idioms

Curry favour - If people try to curry favour, they try to get people to support them. ('Curry favor' is the American spelling.)
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Usage

In literature:

Law now found himself in a more favourable position.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Our prospects are very favourable in some places.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The wind still from the north and therefore favourable, but still very cold.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
Iskender may now, as a favour, sweep their house.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
The Queen, I am told, took some little time to consider, and then decided in favour of her cousin.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
But not even the favour of George III could render the crabbed old Chancellor endurable.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Possibly the name was favoured by some resemblance to a native phrase Wynganda coia.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Fortune has favoured them in this, that they are not in love with the same lady.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
George therefore started on his work of sowing dissension between them with something in his favour.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
I don't think the time a good one, or the chances favourable.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
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In poetry:

Lord, dost thou some new fabrick mold
Which favour winnes,
And keeps thee present, leaving th' old
Unto their sinnes?
"The Search" by George Herbert
'I told the treachery of your friend,
The story of your woe,
And sought his favour, when I saw
His tears begin to flow.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Q. But how will God with sinful me
Again be reconcil'd?
A. In Christ, in whom his grace to thee
And favour is reveal'd.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
The forms of favour, names of grace,
And offices of love,
He bears for thee, with open face,
Thy Husband's kindness prove.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
'With him, each favour that I do
Is bold suit's hallowing text;
Each gift a bastion levelled, to
The next one and the next.
"A Girl's Sin - In Her Eyes" by Francis Thompson
Ah, simple swain, how little knows
The love-sick mind to scan
Those gifts which real love bestows
To mark the favoured man.
"The Complaint" by Washington Allston

In news:

Union members gathered at a meeting in La Pocatiere, northeast of Quebec City on Wednesday night and voted 82.2 per cent in favour of accepting the recommendation.
And the match swung in Arsenal 's favour when Adebayor launched his high challenge at Cazorla, hitting the midfielder's right ankle and completely missing the ball.
Communication showed favour for 'particular' technologies while Metro is analyzing all options.
Exit polls favour Romania's Basescu.
Marching into the holiday season armed only with the advice to "not drink too much at the office Christmas party" does you no favours.
Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain favourable for the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
White collar penalties 'favouring offenders'.
Vancouver players relish role as underdog going up against heavily favoured Los Angeles in team's first-ever MLS playoff game.
Elderly woman returns the favour decades later.
And having recovered from a nasty banking crisis in the 1990s through their own efforts (albeit with a favourable tailwind from the world economy), Finns are hostile to bail-outs.
Tim Krul fortune favours Alan Pardew's 'smash and grab' Newcastle.
Fortune favours the brave in the new marketing world.
In June 2012 the creditors' committee voted in favour of an offer by the VeKa Group of the Netherlands to take over the Sietas shipyard.
Voters favour NDP to govern , poll finds.
Tories, NDP won seats but trend favours Grits and Greens.
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In science:

This will give us additional grounds in favour of our program. (The reader may skip this part of the text and pass directly to Sec. (2) where the program starts).
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
As suggested by many authors, the similarity in properties between this high-z population and local ultra-luminous IR galaxies argues in favour of the idea that these represent the long-sought ”primeval galaxies”, those in particular originating the local massive elliptical and S0 galaxies.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
In the picture described above spin periods of isolated accreting NSs in GCs can be observed, and lack of period detection is not in favour of Pfahl & Rappaport (2001) hypothesis.
Evolution of isolated neutron stars in globular clusters: number of Accretors
In favourable cases writing the original equations in terms of u1 leads to a Fuchsian system, for which theorems on the existence of regular solutions are available.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
Although in each graph the connectivity distribution matches pn up to fluctuations, significant deviations from pn can appear, when the distribution is calculated for a large ensemble of graphs, if certain fluctuations are systematically favoured.
Defining statistical ensembles of random graphs
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