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

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 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

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of for

  1. :  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>

12th Century

First Known Use of for

12th century




Definition of for

  1. 1 foreign

  2. 2 forestry



Definition of FOR

  1. free on rail

Other Transportation Terms



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 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



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

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



preposition \fər, ˈfȯr\

Definition of for for Students

  1. 1 :  by way of getting ready <Did you wash up for supper?>

  2. 2 :  toward the goal or purpose of <I'm studying for the test.> <I've saved for a new bike.>

  3. 3 :  in order to reach <She left for home.>

  4. 4 :  as being <eggs for breakfast> <Do you take me for a fool?>

  5. 5 :  because of <They cried for joy.>

  6. 6 —used to show who or what is to receive something <There's a letter for you.>

  7. 7 :  in order to help, serve, or defend <Let me hold that for you.> <They fought for their country.>

  8. 8 :  directed at :  against <a cure for cancer>

  9. 9 :  in exchange as equal to <How much for a ticket?>

  10. 10 :  with regard to :  concerning <a talent for music>

  11. 11 :  taking into account <You're tall for your age.>

  12. 12 :  through the period of <He slept for ten hours.>

  13. 13 :  to a distance of <You can see for miles.>

  14. 14 :  suitable to <It is not for you to choose.>

  15. 15 :  in favor of <I voted for her.>

  16. 16 :  in place of or on behalf of <I speak for the group.>

  17. 17 :  2after 5 <He was named for his father.>




Definition of for for Students

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

Law Dictionary



Legal Definition of for

  1. 1 :  because of <a statute void for vagueness>

  2. 2 :  on behalf of :  as the representative of <attorney general's office for petitioner>

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