Synonyms of 'favour'
an approving attitudeThey viewed him with favour.
an obsessive drive to win his father's approval
The reasons for his fall from grace are not clear.
I invited them to dinner as a gesture of goodwill.
We have been treated with such kindness by everybody.
Both teams deserve commendation for their performance.
The result has not met with universal approbation.
bias at the expense of othersThe referee was accused of showing favour to the home team.
Accusations of political favouritism abound.
Whatever your preference, we have a product to suit you.
There were fierce attacks on the BBC for alleged political bias.
They protested at what they described as nepotism and corruption in the government.
The Republicans made a rebuttal of the charge of excessive partisanship.
jobs for the boys (informal),
a `jobs for the boys' system of government
The judge was accused of partiality.
She wanted to win the favour of the voters.
They are prepared to resort to violence in support of their views.
She brought her action with the financial backing of the BBC.
He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
dedicated to the promotion of new ideas and research
He's been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers.
Charles II set about reviving royal patronage of the arts.
the leadership's espousal of the causes of reform and nationalism
an act done out of goodwill or generosityI've come to ask for a favour.
good turn, ,
I'm a great believer in the benefits of this form of therapy.
If you're not coming, at least do me the courtesy of letting me know.
It would be a kindness to leave her alone.
The car is one of my few indulgences.
She begged him to grant her one boon.
place cards and wedding favours
to preferShe favours community activism over legislation.
Do you prefer a particular sort of music?
I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
He had picked ten people to interview for the jobs.
They selected only bright pupils.
The people have voted to elect a new president.
He had adopted a new country and a new profession.
fancy (British, informal), , ,
I think he thinks I fancy him.
be partial to
to show bias towards (someone) at the expense of othersThere was good reason for favouring him.
She did not agree with indulging children.
spoil, , ,
Spoil yourself with a new perfume this summer.
Her parents have pampered her since the day she was born.
It's about an elderly woman and a young nurse who befriends her.
be partial to,
pull strings for (informal),
have in your good books,
treat with partiality,
to support or agree with (something)We favour greater protection of the environment.
He supported the hardworking people.
Would you like to come back for coffee?
He is backed by the civic movement.
He passionately championed the poor.
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
MPs approved the bill by a majority of 97.
They advocate fewer government controls on business.
I've personally never subscribed to the view.
I can commend it to you as a sensible course of action.
She ran away to Mexico and espoused the revolutionary cause.
be in favour of,
The planners will not countenance any changes to the exterior of the barn.
Some believe it is not the job of the government to patronize the arts.
Circumstances favoured them.
If you're not willing to help me, I'll find somebody who will.
a variety of government schemes benefiting children
Calcium may aid the prevention of dental decay.
He was busy advancing other people's work.
His country will do everything possible to promote peace.
They decided to assist me with my chores.
He has never made an effort to accommodate photographers.
The new airport will facilitate the development of tourism.
We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
The money would be used to succour evicted families.
do a kindness to
The queen favoured us with a compliment.
She so resembles her mother.
be the image or picture of
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in the sense of abet
to help or encourage in wrongdoingWe shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
in the sense of accommodate
to do a favour forHe has never made an effort to accommodate photographers.
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