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noun [countable] favourite pronunciation in British English /ˈfeɪv(ə)rət/
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  1. 1
    the person or thing that you like the best
    The bacon sandwich is still a national favourite.
    My teddy bears were always my favourites.
    old favourite: Wuthering Heights is an old favourite with the Japanese.
  2. 2
    the person or animal that is expected to win a race or competition
    His horse started favourite for the 1988 Gold Cup.
    favourite to do something: Chelsea are 6–4 favourites to win the Premier League.
  3. 3
    computing an indication that you like something on a social media or other website
    Her tweet got 18 retweets and 34 favourites.


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