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Synonyms of 'favour'

(noun) 
Definition
an approving attitude
They viewed him with favour.
Synonyms
approval
an obsessive drive to win his father's approval
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grace
The reasons for his fall from grace are not clear.
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goodwill
I invited them to dinner as a gesture of goodwill.
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kindness
We have been treated with such kindness by everybody.
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commendation
Both teams deserve commendation for their performance.
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approbation
The result has not met with universal approbation.
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kind regard
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
bias at the expense of others
The referee was accused of showing favour to the home team.
Synonyms
favouritism
Accusations of political favouritism abound.
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preference
Whatever your preference, we have a product to suit you.
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bias
There were fierce attacks on the BBC for alleged political bias.
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nepotism
They protested at what they described as nepotism and corruption in the government.
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preferential treatment
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partisanship
The Republicans made a rebuttal of the charge of excessive partisanship.
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jobs for the boys (informal)
a `jobs for the boys' system of government
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partiality
The judge was accused of partiality.
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one-sidedness
(noun) 
She wanted to win the favour of the voters.
Synonyms
support
They are prepared to resort to violence in support of their views.
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backing
She brought her action with the financial backing of the BBC.
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aid
He was forced to turn to his former enemy for aid.
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championship
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promotion
dedicated to the promotion of new ideas and research
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assistance
He's been operating the shop with the assistance of volunteers.
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patronage
Charles II set about reviving royal patronage of the arts.
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espousal
the leadership's espousal of the causes of reform and nationalism
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good opinion
(noun) 
Definition
an act done out of goodwill or generosity
I've come to ask for a favour.
Synonyms
good turn
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benefit
I'm a great believer in the benefits of this form of therapy.
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courtesy
If you're not coming, at least do me the courtesy of letting me know.
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kindness
It would be a kindness to leave her alone.
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indulgence
The car is one of my few indulgences.
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boon (archaic)
She begged him to grant her one boon.
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good deed
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kind act
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obligement (Scottish, archaic)
Opposites
(noun) 
place cards and wedding favours
Synonyms
memento
I took a selfie to provide a memento of the day.
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present
The vase was a wedding present.
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gift
a gift of $50,000
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souvenir
a souvenir of our trip to Paris
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keepsake
a keepsake of their brief encounter
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love-token
(noun) 
Synonyms
,
knot
One lace had broken and been tied in a knot.
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decoration
He was awarded several military decorations.
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ribbons
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rosette
(verb) 
Definition
to prefer
She favours community activism over legislation.
Synonyms
prefer
Do you prefer a particular sort of music?
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opt for
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like better
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incline towards
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choose
I chose him to accompany me on my trip.
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pick
He had picked ten people to interview for the jobs.
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select
They selected only bright pupils.
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elect
The people have voted to elect a new president.
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adopt
He had adopted a new country and a new profession.
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go for
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fancy (British, informal)
I think he thinks I fancy him.
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single out
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plump for
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be partial to
Opposites
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object to
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(verb) 
Definition
to show bias towards (someone) at the expense of others
There was good reason for favouring him.
Synonyms
indulge
She did not agree with indulging children.
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spoil
Spoil yourself with a new perfume this summer.
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side with
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pamper
Her parents have pampered her since the day she was born.
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befriend
It's about an elderly woman and a young nurse who befriends her.
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be partial to
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smile upon
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pull strings for (informal)
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have in your good books
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treat with partiality
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(verb) 
Definition
to support or agree with (something)
We favour greater protection of the environment.
Synonyms
support
He supported the hardworking people.
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like
Would you like to come back for coffee?
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back
He is backed by the civic movement.
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champion
He passionately championed the poor.
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encourage
Their task is to encourage private investment in Russia.
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approve
MPs approved the bill by a majority of 97.
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advocate
They advocate fewer government controls on business.
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opt for
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subscribe to
I've personally never subscribed to the view.
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commend
I can commend it to you as a sensible course of action.
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stand up for
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espouse
She ran away to Mexico and espoused the revolutionary cause.
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be in favour of
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countenance
The planners will not countenance any changes to the exterior of the barn.
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patronize
Some believe it is not the job of the government to patronize the arts.
Opposites
(verb) 
Circumstances favoured them.
Synonyms
help
If you're not willing to help me, I'll find somebody who will.
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benefit
a variety of government schemes benefiting children
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aid
Calcium may aid the prevention of dental decay.
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advance
He was busy advancing other people's work.
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promote
His country will do everything possible to promote peace.
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assist
They decided to assist me with my chores.
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accommodate
He has never made an effort to accommodate photographers.
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facilitate
The new airport will facilitate the development of tourism.
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abet
We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
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succour
The money would be used to succour evicted families.
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do a kindness to
(verb) 
The queen favoured us with a compliment.
Synonyms
oblige
He is always ready to oblige journalists with information.
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(verb) 
(informal) 
Synonyms
look like
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resemble
She so resembles her mother.
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take after
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be the image or picture of
(verb) 
Synonyms

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Quotation

One good turn deserves another [John Fletcher & Philip MassingerThe Little French Lawyer]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abet
Definition
to help or encourage in wrongdoing
We shall strike hard at terrorists and those who abet them.
in the sense of accommodate
Definition
to do a favour for
He has never made an effort to accommodate photographers.
Synonyms
aid,
cooperate with,
lend a hand to,
lend a helping hand to,
give a leg up to (informal)
in the sense of adopt
Definition
to choose (a plan or method)
He had adopted a new country and a new profession.
Synonyms
opt for,
decide on,
single out,
settle on,
cherry-pick

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