Definition of

Favor

  1. (noun, act) an act of gracious kindness
  2. (noun, artifact) souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
  3. (noun, attribute) an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
  4. (noun, cognition) an inclination to approve
  5. (noun, feeling) a feeling of favorable regard
  6. (verb, cognition) consider as the favorite
  7. (verb, social) promote over another
  8. (verb, social) bestow a privilege upon
  9. (verb, social) treat gently or carefully

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Favor

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. favor, from L. favorem (nom. favor) "good will or support," coined by Cicero from stem of favere "to show kindness to," from PIE *dhegh-/*dhogh- "burn." Meaning "thing given as a mark of favor" is from 1580s. The verb meaning "to regard with favor" is from mid-14c. Related: Favored; favoring. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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