For meaning

fôr; fər when unstressed
Completely; excessively, especially with destructive or detrimental effect.

Forworn.

prefix
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For is defined as the purpose, destination, recipient or amount of something.

An example of for is a spatula being used to flip eggs.

An example of for is someone taking their car to visit a friend.

An example of for is someone giving their father a gift.

An example of for is spending $25 on a pair of pants.

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In search of.

To look for a lost article.

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Because of.

He wouldn't apologize; and just for that, she refused to help him.

(UK usage) He looks better for having lost weight.

She was the worse for drink.

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For the purpose of going to.

He left for home.

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In order to be, become, get, have, keep, etc.

To walk for exercise, to fight for one's life.

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Because of; as a result of.

To cry for pain.

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With the aim or for the purpose of.

To carry a gun for protection.

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Meant to be received by (a specified person or thing), or to be used in (a specified way)

Flowers for Mother, money for paying bills.

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In place of; instead of.

To use blankets for coats.

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A market term that connects the price paid to the quantity bought. The syntax is price-for-quantity.
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As the representative of; in the interest of.

Acting for another.

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In defense of; in favor of.

Fight for our cause; vote for the levy.

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In honor of.

To give a banquet for someone.

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Suitable to; appropriate to.

A room for sleeping.

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In proportion to; corresponding to.

Two dollars spent for every dollar earned.

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Considering the general nature of.

Cool for July, clever for a child.

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To the length, duration, or extent of; throughout; through.

To walk for an hour.

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He lost his job, for he got into trouble.

conjunction
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Directed at, intended to belong to.

I have something for you.

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To the amount of; equal to [a bill for $50]
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The astronauts headed for the moon.

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Supporting (opposite of against).

All those for the motion raise your hands.

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Over a period of time.

They fought for days over a silly pencil.

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On behalf of.

I will stand in for him.

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Used to construe various verbs. See the entry for the phrasal verb.
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Notwithstanding; despite.

For all the problems, it was a valuable experience.

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(obs.) Before.
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Instead of, or in place of.
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In order to obtain or acquire.

I am aiming for completion by the end of business Thursday.

He's going for his doctorate.

Do you want to go for coffee?

People all over Greece looked to Delphi for answers.

Can you go to the store for some eggs?

I'm saving up for a car.

Don't wait for an answer.

What did he ask you for?

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In the direction of: marks a point one is going toward.

Run for the hills!

He was headed for the door when he remembered.

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By the standards of, usually with the implication of those standards being lower than one might otherwise expect.

Fair for its day.

She's spry for an old lady.

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Despite, in spite of.
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Used to indicate the subject of a to-infinitive.

For that to happen now is incredibly unlikely. (=It is incredibly unlikely that that will happen now.)

All I want is for you to be happy. (=All I want is that you be happy.)

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(chiefly US) Out of; used to indicate a fraction, a ratio.

In term of base hits, Jones was three for four on the day.

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As a result of; because of.

Jumped for joy.

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Used to indicate the object of a desire, intention, or perception.

Had a nose for news; eager for success.

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Used to indicate appropriateness or suitability.

It will be for the judge to decide.

preposition
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Because; since.
conjunction
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Because of this; for this reason.
adverb
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Free on rail.
abbreviation
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As being.

I know it for a fact.

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At (a specified time)

An appointment for two o'clock.

preposition
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Because; seeing that; since.

Comfort him, for he is sad.

conjunction
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Foreign.
abbreviation
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Forestry.
abbreviation
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Away, apart, off.

Forbid, forget, forgo.

affix
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Very much, intensely.

Forlorn.

affix
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Throughout an extent of space.
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(cricket) Used as part of a score to indicate the number of wickets that have fallen.

At close of play, England were 305 for 3.

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Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being.
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for all
  • in spite of; notwithstanding
    Stupid for all their learning.
idiom
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for one
  • as one individual or example
    I, for one, like the idea.
idiom
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O! for
  • I wish that I had
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of for

  • ME < OE, replacing fer-, fær- (akin to Ger ver- < IE base *per-, as in for) & < OFr for- (as in forfeit) < L foris, beyond, from without

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English for, from Old English for (“for, on account of, for the sake of, through, because of, owing to, from, by reason of, as to, in order to”), from Proto-Germanic *furi (“for”), from Proto-Indo-European *peri- (“around”). Cognate with West Frisian for, foar (“for”), Dutch voor (“for”), German für (“for”), Danish for (“for”), Swedish för (“for”), Norwegian for (“for”), Icelandic fyrir (“for”), Latin per (“by, through, for, by means of”), Ancient Greek περί (peri, “for, about, toward”), Lithuanian per (“by, through, during”), Sanskrit परि (pári, “over, around”).

    From Wiktionary