[ fawr; unstressed fer ]
/ fɔr; unstressed fər /



seeing that; since.

Idioms for for

    for it, British. in(def 32).

Origin of for

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Saxon for; akin to fore1, Latin per through, Greek pró before, ahead


for fore four

synonym study for for

33. See because.

Definition for for (2 of 5)


a prefix meaning “away,” “off,” “to the uttermost,” “extremely,” “wrongly,” or imparting a negative or privative force, occurring in verbs and nouns formed from verbs of Old or Middle English origin, many of which are now obsolete or archaic: forbid; forbear; forswear; forbearance.

Origin of for-

Middle English, Old English; compare German ver-, Greek peri-, Latin per-

Definition for for (3 of 5)

Definition for for (4 of 5)

Definition for for (5 of 5)


or f.o.r.

free on rails. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for for (1 of 3)

/ (fɔː, unstressed ) /



(coordinating) for the following reason; because; seeing thatI couldn't stay, for the area was violent

Word Origin for for

Old English; related to Old Norse fyr for, Old High German fora before, Latin per through, prō before, Greek pro before, in front

British Dictionary definitions for for (2 of 3)



indicating rejection or prohibitionforbear; forbid
indicating falsity or wrongnessforswear
used to give intensive forceforgive; forlorn

Word Origin for for-

Old English for-; related to German ver-, Latin per-, Greek peri-

British Dictionary definitions for for (3 of 3)



/ commerce /

abbreviation for

free on rail
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Idioms and Phrases with for


In addition to the idioms beginning with for

  • for a change
  • for all
  • for all intents and purposes
  • for all one is worth
  • for all that
  • for all the world
  • for a loop
  • for a song
  • for a wonder
  • for better or for worse
  • for certain
  • for chicken feed
  • for crying out loud
  • for days on end
  • for dear life
  • fore and aft
  • for example
  • for fear of
  • for free
  • for fun
  • for God's sake
  • for good
  • for good measure
  • for heaven's sake
  • for keeps
  • for love or money
  • for one
  • for one's money
  • for one's pains
  • for one's part
  • for one's sake
  • for one thing
  • for openers
  • for Pete's sake
  • for real
  • for shame
  • for short
  • for show
  • for starters
  • for sure
  • for that matter
  • for the asking
  • for the best
  • for the birds
  • for the hell of it
  • for the life of one
  • for the love of
  • for the moment
  • for the most part
  • for the present
  • for the record
  • for the sake of
  • for the time being
  • for two cents
  • for what it's worth

also see:

  • all for
  • as for
  • but for
  • do for
  • done for
  • except for
  • go for
  • going for
  • good for
  • in for
  • out for
  • uncalled for
  • what for
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