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for

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

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 and Etymology 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


2

for

conjunction

Definition of for

: for the reason that : on this ground : because

Examples of for in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of for

see 1for

for Synonyms

Synonyms
as, as long as, because, being (as or as how or that) [chiefly dialect], 'cause, considering, since, inasmuch as, now, seeing, whereas

3

for

abbreviation

Definition of for

1 foreign
2 forestry

FOR

abbreviation

Definition of FOR

free on rail

Other Transportation Terms


for-

prefix

Definition of for-

1 : so as to involve prohibition, exclusion, omission, failure, neglect, or refusal
  • forbid
2 : destructively or detrimentally
  • fordo
3 : completely : excessively : to exhaustion : to pieces
  • forspent

Origin and Etymology of for-

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


FOR Defined for English Language Learners

for

preposition

Definition of for for English Language Learners

  • —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


FOR Defined for Kids

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for

preposition \ fər , ˈfȯr \

Definition of for for Students

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.

2

for

conjunction

Definition of for for Students

: because
  • I know you did it, for I saw you.

Law Dictionary

for

preposition

legal Definition of for

1 : because of
  • a statute void for vagueness
2 : on behalf of : as the representative of
  • attorney general's office for petitioner


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