\ fər, (ˈ)fȯr How to pronounce for (audio) , Southern also (ˈ)fär \

Definition of for

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a used as a function word to indicate purposea grant for studying medicine
b used as a function word to indicate an intended goalleft for homeacted for the best
c used as a function word to indicate the object or recipient of a perception, desire, or activitynow for a good restrun for your lifean eye for a bargain
2a : 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 selectionfor 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 fitnessit is not for you to chooseready for action
5a : 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 allfor all his large size, he moves gracefully
7 : with respect to : concerning a stickler for detail heavy for its size
8a used as a function word to indicate equivalence in exchange$10 for a hat , equality in number or quantitypoint for point , or correspondence or correlationfor every one that works, you'll find five that don't
b used as a function word to indicate number of attempts0 for 4
9 used as a function word to indicate duration of time or extent of spacegone for two days
10 : in honor of : after named for her grandmother

Definition of for (Entry 2 of 5)

: for the reason that : on this ground : because

Definition of for (Entry 3 of 5)

1 foreign
2 forestry

Definition of FOR (Entry 4 of 5)

free on rail



Definition of for- (Entry 5 of 5)

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

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Examples of for in a Sentence

Conjunction the bill should be listed as paid, for I mailed it in on time
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First Known Use of for


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for for

Preposition and Conjunction

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


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

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The first known use of for was before the 12th century

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“For.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce for- (audio)

English Language Learners 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
\ fər How to pronounce for (audio) , ˈfȯr \

Kids Definition of for

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 somethingThere'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 : after entry 2 sense 5 He was named for his father.

Kids Definition of for (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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