favour


favour
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(BrE) (AmE favor) noun
1 sth that helps sb
ADJECTIVE
big, great, huge
little, small
special
personal

As a personal favour to me, please don't release my story to the press.

last

She had one last favour to ask her brother.

political, sexual
VERB + FAVOUR/FAVOR
ask

I came here to ask you a big favour.

expect

I don't expect any favours from my friends on the tennis court.

bestow, do, grant sb

Rodrigo accepted the favours bestowed on him by the new king.

Do yourself a favour and cut your credit cards in half.

owe sb

I'll ask Jane. She owes me a favour.

repay, return

Thanks very much. I'll return the favour one day.

seek
need

He needed another favour from her.

get, obtain
accept, receive
2 approval or support for sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
good, great, high, particular

Traditionally, vigilante groups have found greater favour on the political right.

He stood in high favour at the court of Lewis the Pious.

divine, government, political, royal

In the Christian tradition, the world exists only as an act of divine favour.

public

This did not meet with public favour.

VERB + FAVOUR/FAVOR
be in, enjoy, have

The bishop was said to have enjoyed the king's favour.

find, gain, win

Her political views have not found favour in recent years.

court, curry, seek

Why are we trying to court the favour of critics?

He tried to curry favour with the teachers.

Artists sought the favour of wealthy patrons.

show

As an examiner, she showed no favour to any candidate.

be out of
fall from, fall out of, lose

The senior officials were punished and rapidly fell from favour.

This idea has long since fallen out of favour.

be back in, bring sth back into, come back into

A style of art can go out of fashion and then come back into favour fifty years later.

argue in, speak in

She argued in favour of this policy.

speak out in

No one was willing to speak out in favour of their colleague.

come down in, come out in, decide in, find in, resolve in, rule in, vote in

The committee came down in favour of setting up a national body.

The court found in favour of the plaintiffs.

work in

Environmental conservation generally works in favour of maintaining the status quo.

go in

The golf tournament went in the Americans' favour (= they won).

PREPOSITION
in favour of

He is strongly in favour of capital punishment.

Early in his musical career he abandoned blues in favour of jazz.

in sb's/sth's favour

This piece of software has two points in its favour: it's fast and inexpensive.

favour among

This argument found favour among advocates of multiculturalism.

favour with

She is too popular with the public to find much favour with the critics.

PHRASES
an argument in sb/sth's favour

an argument in favour of censorship

a bias in sb/sth's favour
look with favour on sb/sth, look with favour upon sb/sth

Depth of training is looked upon with favour by many employers.

without fear or favour (= in a fair way)
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(BrE) (AmE favor) verb
ADVERB
greatly, heavily, overwhelmingly, strongly

We strongly favour reform of the system.

especially, particularly

Haitians especially favour seafoods.

clearly
increasingly

Pot plants are increasingly favoured as gifts by guests.

slightly

The polls slightly favour the Republicans.

consistently
personally

I personally favour this last option.

traditionally
VERB + FAVOUR/FAVOR
appear to, be known to, be likely to, be thought to, seem to, tend to

The prime minister is thought to favour an early referendum on the issue.

continue to

She continues to favour large-scale developments.

PREPOSITION
at the expense of

He favoured some individuals at the expense of others.

for

The Democrat candidate is favoured for re-election.

over

News coverage should not favour one party over another.


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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