\fər, (ˈ)fȯr, Southern also (ˈ)fär\

Definition of for 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1a 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 homeacted 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 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 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 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 all for 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 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

Definition of for (Entry 2 of 5)

: for the reason that : on this ground : because

for

abbreviation (1)

Definition of for (Entry 3 of 5)

1 foreign

2 forestry

FOR

abbreviation (2)

Definition of FOR (Entry 4 of 5)

free on rail

for-

prefix

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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For stained trim or custom styles, prices can increase dramatically. James Figgy, Orange County Register, "Upgraded trimming can help increase resale value," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of for

Preposition

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

Conjunction

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for for

Preposition

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

Conjunction

see for entry 1

Prefix

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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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, 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 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 : 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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