favour2 W3 British English ; favor American English [transitive]
to prefer someone or something to other things or people, especially when there are several to choose from:
Both countries seem to favour the agreement.
loose clothing of the type favoured in Arab countries
favour somebody/something over somebody/something
Florida voters favored Bush over Gore by a very small margin.
to treat someone much better than someone else, in a way that is not fair:
give an advantage
a tax cut that favours rich people
favour somebody over somebody
a judicial system that favours men over women
to provide suitable conditions for something to happen:
The current economy does not favour the development of small businesses.
to look like one of your parents or grandparents
favour somebody with somethingphrasal verb
McIntosh favoured her with a smile.