favour - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you do for someone in order to help them
    do someone a favour:

    Could you do me a favour?

    ask a favour of someone:

    Can I ask a favour of you?

    owe someone a favour:

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

    return a favour:

    Thanks very much for your help. I’ll return the favour some time.

    do something as a favour:

    He wouldn’t take any money for his work: he insisted he was doing it as a favour.

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] support or admiration from people
    find/gain/win favour (with someone):

    This approach has won more favour in the US than in Britain.

    lose favour (with someone):

    Nuclear power stations have lost favour in recent years.

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

    an ambitious young man willing to curry favour with his superiors

  3. 3
    [uncountable] behaviour that helps someone and gives them an advantage in an unfair way
    show favour to someone:

    He was careful to show no favour to anyone.

  4. 4


    [plural] old-fashioned sexual acts that one person agrees to do with another

    He was found guilty of selling secrets in return for sexual favours.

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