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noun     favor pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you do for someone in order to help them
    do someone a favor:

    Could you do me a small favor?

    owe someone a favor (=feel you should do something to help someone because they have done something to help you):

    I’ll ask Steve. He owes me a favor.

    return a favor (=do something to help someone because they have done something to help you):

    Thanks very much for your help. I’ll be sure to return the favor some time.

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] support or admiration from people

    This approach has found more favor in the U.S. than in Britain.

    find/gain/win favor (with someone):

    a young player who has yet to gain favor with the coach

    lose favor (with someone):

    Nuclear power stations have lost favor in recent years.

    curry favor (with someone) (=try to get someone to support or admire you):

    an ambitious young man willing to curry favor with the boss

  3. 3
    [uncountable] behavior that gives someone an unfair advantage
    show favor to someone:

    He was careful to show no favor to anyone.

  4. 4
    [countable] American a small present given to a guest at a party
  5. 5


    [plural] old-fashioned the opportunity to have sex with someone

    He was found guilty of trading information for sexual favors.

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