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From Proto-Italic *fawēō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰh₂u-eh₁- (to be favourable to).



faveō (present infinitive favēre, perfect active fāvī, supine fautum); second conjugation

  1. (with dative) I favour
  2. I support, encourage, indulge


   Conjugation of faveo (second conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present faveō favēs favet favēmus favētis favent
imperfect favēbam favēbās favēbat favēbāmus favēbātis favēbant
future favēbō favēbis favēbit favēbimus favēbitis favēbunt
perfect fāvī fāvistī, fāsti1 fāvit fāvimus fāvistis, fāstis1 fāvērunt, fāvēre
pluperfect fāveram fāverās fāverat fāverāmus fāverātis fāverant
future perfect fāverō fāveris fāverit fāverimus fāveritis fāverint
passive present faveor favēris, favēre favētur favēmur favēminī faventur
imperfect favēbar favēbāris, favēbāre favēbātur favēbāmur favēbāminī favēbantur
future favēbor favēberis, favēbere favēbitur favēbimur favēbiminī favēbuntur
perfect fautus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect fautus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect fautus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present faveam faveās faveat faveāmus faveātis faveant
imperfect favērem favērēs favēret favērēmus favērētis favērent
perfect fāverim fāverīs fāverit fāverimus fāveritis fāverint
pluperfect fāvissem, fāssem1 fāvissēs, fāsses1 fāvisset, fāsset1 fāvissēmus, fāssemus1 fāvissētis, fāssetis1 fāvissent, fāssent1
passive present favear faveāris, faveāre faveātur faveāmur faveāminī faveantur
imperfect favērer favērēris, favērēre favērētur favērēmur favērēminī favērentur
perfect fautus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect fautus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present favē favēte
future favētō favētō favētōte faventō
passive present favēre favēminī
future favētor favētor faventor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives favēre fāvisse, fāsse1 fautūrus esse favērī fautus esse fautum īrī
participles favēns fautūrus fautus favendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
favēre favendī favendō favendum fautum fautū

1At least one rare poetic syncopated perfect form is attested.

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  • faveo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • faveo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • faveo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • maintain a devout silence (properly, utter no ill-omened word): favete ore, linguis = εὐφημειτε
    • (ambiguous) to look favourably upon; to support: studere, favere alicui
    • (ambiguous) to be a friend of the aristocracy: nobilitati favere (Sest. 9. 21)
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill