Dictionary

1for

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

—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
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
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
:  because of <can't sleep for the heat>
4
—used as a function word to indicate suitability or fitness <it is not for you to choose> <ready for action>
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
:  in spite of —usually used with all <for all his large size, he moves gracefully>
7
:  with respect to :  concerning <a stickler for detail> <heavy for its size>
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
—used as a function word to indicate duration of time or extent of space <gone for two days>
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

2for

conjunction

Definition of FOR

:  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>

First Known Use of FOR

12th century

Related to FOR

3for

abbreviation

Definition of FOR

1
foreign
2
forestry

FOR

abbreviation

Definition of FOR

free on rail

Other Transportation Terms

camber, corduroy, demurrage, milestone
FOR- Defined for Kids

1for

preposition \fər, ˈfr\

Definition of FOR for Kids

1
:  by way of getting ready <Did you wash up for supper?>
2
:  toward the goal or purpose of <I'm studying for the test.> <I've saved for a new bike.>
3
:  in order to reach <She left for home.>
4
:  as being <eggs for breakfast> <Do you take me for a fool?>
5
:  because of <They cried for joy.>
6
—used to show who or what is to receive something <There's a letter for you.>
7
:  in order to help, serve, or defend <Let me hold that for you.> <They fought for their country.>
8
:  directed at :  against <a cure for cancer>
9
:  in exchange as equal to <How much for a ticket?>
10
:  with regard to :  concerning <a talent for music>
11
:  taking into account <You're tall for your age.>
12
:  through the period of <He slept for ten hours.>
13
:  to a distance of <You can see for miles.>
14
:  suitable to <It is not for you to choose.>
15
:  in favor of <I voted for her.>
16
:  in place of or on behalf of <I speak for the group.>
17
:  2after 5 <He was named for his father.>

2for

conjunction

Definition of FOR for Kids

:  because <I know you did it, for I saw you.>

Browse

73 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: for-Previous Word in the Dictionary: FOQAll Words Near: for
July 02, 2015
apprehension Hear it
comprehension or the fear of future evil
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears