favour


favour
fa|vour1 W2S1 BrE favor AmE [ˈfeıvə US -ər] n
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1¦(help)¦
2¦(support/approval)¦
3¦(popular/unpopular)¦
4¦(advantage)¦
5¦(choose something instead)¦
6 do somebody/something no favours
7¦(unfair support)¦
8 do me/us a favour!
9¦(gift)¦
10¦(sex)¦
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1.) ¦(HELP)¦
something that you do for someone in order to help them or be kind to them
Could you do me a favour and tell Kelly I can't make it?
He hired John as a favour to his father.
Paul, can I ask you a favor ?
I owed him a favour so I couldn't say no.
She helps me out when I have too much to do, and I return the favour when I can.
Do yourself a favour and make sure you get some time to yourself.
2.) ¦(SUPPORT/APPROVAL)¦[U]
support, approval, or agreement for something such as a plan, idea, or system
in favour of sth
Senior ministers spoke in favour of the proposal.
I talked to Susie about it, and she's all in favor (=completely approves) of going.
find/gain/win favour
The idea may find favor with older people.
in sb/sth's favour
The vote was 60-59 in the government's favor.
In Sweden and other countries, nuclear power has lost favor .
look on/view/regard sth with favour
formal (=support something, and want to help it succeed)
Employers are more likely to look with favour on experienced candidates.
All in favour (=used when asking people to vote on something by raising a hand) ?
vote/decide in favour of sth
(=vote or decide to support something)
288 members voted in favor of the ban.
find/rule in favour of sb
formal (=make a legal decision that supports someone)
3.) ¦(POPULAR/UNPOPULAR)¦[U]
when someone or something is liked or approved of by people, or not liked or approved of
be in favour (with sb)
The island is very much in favour as a holiday destination.
be out of favour (with sb)
The stock is currently out of favor with investors.
find/gain/win favour
Radcliffe's books began to find favour with the reading public.
come/be back in favour
(=become popular again)
Fountain pens have come back in favour.
fall/go out of favour
(=stop being approved of)
Grammar-based teaching methods went out of favour in the 60s and 70s.
4.) ¦(ADVANTAGE)¦
in sb's favour
if something is in someone's favour, it gives them an advantage over someone else
Conditions on court are very much in Williams' favour.
The new rules should actually work in your favor .
Duncan had his height and weight in his favour during the fight.
the odds are (stacked) in sb's favour
(=someone has a big advantage)
5.) ¦(CHOOSE SOMETHING INSTEAD)¦
do sth in favour of sth
if you decide not to use one thing in favour of another, you choose the other one because you think it is better
Plans for a tunnel were rejected in favour of a bridge.
6.) do sb/sth no favours
not do sb/sth any favours
to do something that makes someone or something look worse than they are, or that does not help at all
Low interest rates don't do savers any favours.
7.) ¦(UNFAIR SUPPORT)¦[U]
support that is given to one person or group and not to others, in a way that does not seem fair
Teachers should not show favour to any pupil.
8.) do me/us a favour!
BrE spoken used when you are annoyed because someone has asked a silly question or done something to upset people
Do us a favour, Mike, and shut up!
'Did you like it?' 'Do me a favour!'
9.) ¦(GIFT)¦ AmE
10.)¦(SEX)¦
favours [plural] old-fashioned when you allow someone to have sex with you
She shared her sexual favors with many men.
curry favour (with sb) atcurry2 , without fear or favour atfear1 (6), be thankful/grateful for small favours atsmall1 (13)
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
do somebody a favour (=do something for someone)
as a favour (to somebody) (=because you want to be kind, not because you have to)
ask somebody a favour/ask a favour of somebody (=ask someone to do something for you)
owe somebody a favour (=feel that you should do something for someone because they have done something for you)
return a favour (=do something for someone because they have done something for you)
be doing somebody a favour (=used to say that something that seems bad will benefit someone)
do yourself a favour (=do something good for yourself)
a personal favour
a political favour
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favour 2
favour2 W3 BrE favor AmE v [T]
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1¦(prefer)¦
2¦(give an advantage)¦
3¦(help)¦
4¦(look like)¦
Phrasal verbs
 favour somebody with something
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1.) ¦(PREFER)¦
to prefer someone or something to other things or people, especially when there are several to choose from
Both countries seem to favour the agreement.
loose clothing of the type favoured in Arab countries
favour sb/sth over sb/sth
Florida voters favored Bush over Gore by a very small margin.
2.) ¦(GIVE AN ADVANTAGE)¦
to treat someone much better than someone else, in a way that is not fair
a tax cut that favours rich people
favour sb over sb
a judicial system that favours men over women
3.) ¦(HELP)¦
to provide suitable conditions for something to happen
The current economy does not favour the development of small businesses.
4.) ¦(LOOK LIKE)¦
old-fashioned to look like one of your parents or grandparents
favour with [favour sb with sth] phr v
to give someone something such as a look or reply
McIntosh favoured her with a smile.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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