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preposition \fər, (ˈ)fȯr, Southern also (ˈ)fär\

Simple Definition of for

  • —used to indicate the place someone or something is going to or toward

  • —used to indicate the person or thing that something is sent or given to

  • —used to indicate the thing that something is meant to be used with

Full Definition of for

  1. 1 a —used as a function word to indicate purpose <a grant for studying medicine> b —used as a function word to indicate an intended goal <left for home> <acted for the best> c —used as a function word to indicate the object or recipient of a perception, desire, or activity <now for a good rest> <run for your life> <an eye for a bargain>

  2. 2 a :  as being or constituting <taken for a fool> <eggs for breakfast> b —used as a function word to indicate an actual or implied enumeration or selection <for one thing, the price is too high>

  3. 3 :  because of <can't sleep for the heat>

  4. 4 —used as a function word to indicate suitability or fitness <it is not for you to choose> <ready for action>

  5. 5 a :  in place of <go to the store for me> b (1) :  on behalf of :  representing <speaks for the court> (2) :  in favor of <all for the plan>

  6. 6 :  in spite of —usually used with all <for all his large size, he moves gracefully>

  7. 7 :  with respect to :  concerning <a stickler for detail> <heavy for its size>

  8. 8 a —used as a function word to indicate equivalence in exchange <$10 for a hat>, equality in number or quantity <point for point>, or correspondence or correlation <for every one that works, you'll find five that don't> b —used as a function word to indicate number of attempts <0 for 4>

  9. 9 —used as a function word to indicate duration of time or extent of space <gone for two days>

  10. 10 :  in honor of :  after <named for her grandmother>

Origin of for

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Latin per through, prae before, pro before, for, ahead, Greek pro, Old English faran to go — more at fare


First Known Use: before 12th century


2

for

conjunction

Definition of for

  1. :  for the reason that :  on this ground :  because



Examples of for

  1. <the bill should be listed as paid, for I mailed it in on time>



12th Century

First Known Use of for

12th century


3

for

abbreviation

Definition of for

  1. 1 foreign

  2. 2 forestry




FOR

abbreviation

Definition of FOR

  1. free on rail



Other Transportation Terms


for-

prefix

Definition of for-

  1. 1 :  so as to involve prohibition, exclusion, omission, failure, neglect, or refusal <forbid>

  2. 2 :  destructively or detrimentally <fordo>

  3. 3 :  completely :  excessively :  to exhaustion :  to pieces <forspent>



Origin of for-

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German far- for-, Old English for



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