favour-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: show preference or support for something or someone

He favoured loud suits and coloful ties.
We favour our local team.
Voters favoured reform.
She favours wine over beer.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Preference
PropBank: favor.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: assist with or bestow preferential treatment

He always felt that his parents favoured his younger brother.
They favoured him with the best seat in the house.
This tax cut only favours the rich.
She favoured the chivalrous knight with a single chase kiss.
Will you favour me with a smile?
The darkness favoured their escape.
A strong wind will favour the bigger boats.

VerbNet: admire-31.2
FrameNet: Partiality
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 3: treat or use something gently

He limped across the room, favouring a bad knee.
He favoured his wounded shoulder as he wiped the last of the orc
blood off his sword.

VerbNet: admire-31.2
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3