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for

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

Definition of for

  1. 1a —used as a function word to indicate purpose a grant for studying medicineb —used as a function word to indicate an intended goal left for home acted for the bestc —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. 2a :  as being or constituting taken for a fool eggs for breakfastb —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. 5a :  in place of go to the store for meb (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. 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'tb —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


2

for

conjunction

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

Origin and Etymology of for

see 1for


3

for

abbreviation

Definition of for

  1. 1 foreign

  2. 2 forestry


FOR

abbreviation

Definition of FOR

  1. free on rail

Other Transportation Terms


for-

prefix

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

for

play
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

play
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.


2

for

play
conjunction

Definition of for for Students

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


Law Dictionary

for

preposition

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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