[ fawr; unstressed fer ]
/ fɔr; unstressed fər /
with the object or purpose of: to run for exercise.
intended to belong to, or be used in connection with: equipment for the army; a closet for dishes.
suiting the purposes or needs of: medicine for the aged.
in order to obtain, gain, or acquire: a suit for alimony; to work for wages.
(used to express a wish, as of something to be experienced or obtained): O, for a cold drink!
sensitive or responsive to: an eye for beauty.
desirous of: a longing for something; a taste for fancy clothes.
in consideration or payment of; in return for: three for a dollar; to be thanked for one's efforts.
appropriate or adapted to: a subject for speculation; clothes for winter.
with regard or respect to: pressed for time; too warm for April.
during the continuance of: for a long time.
in favor of; on the side of: to be for honest government.
in place of; instead of: a substitute for butter.
in the interest of; on behalf of: to act for a client.
in exchange for; as an offset to: blow for blow; money for goods.
in punishment of: payment for the crime.
in honor of: to give a dinner for a person.
with the purpose of reaching: to start for London.
contributive to: for the advantage of everybody.
in order to save: to flee for one's life.
in order to become: to train recruits for soldiers.
in assignment or attribution to: an appointment for the afternoon; That's for you to decide.
such as to allow of or to require: too many for separate mention.
such as results in: his reason for going.
as affecting the interests or circumstances of: bad for one's health.
in proportion or with reference to: He is tall for his age.
in the character of; as being: to know a thing for a fact.
by reason of; because of: to shout for joy; a city famed for its beauty.
in spite of: He's a decent guy for all that.
to the extent or amount of: to walk for a mile.
(used to introduce a subject in an infinitive phrase): It's time for me to go.
(used to indicate the number of successes out of a specified number of attempts): The batter was 2 for 4 in the game.
seeing that; since.
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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
synonym study for for
33. See because.
Words nearby for
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)
free on rails.
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British Dictionary definitions for for (1 of 3)
/ (fɔː, unstressed fə) /
intended to reach; directed or belonging tothere's a phone call for you
to the advantage ofI only did it for you
in the direction ofheading for the border
over a span of (time or distance)working for six days; the river ran for six miles
in favour of; in support ofthose for the proposal; vote for me
in order to get or achieveI do it for money; he does it for pleasure; what did you do that for?
appropriate to; designed to meet the needs of; meant to be used inthese kennels are for puppies
in exchange for; at a cost of; to the amount ofI got it for hardly any money
such as explains or results inhis reason for changing his job was not given
in place ofa substitute for the injured player
because of; throughshe wept for pure relief
with regard or consideration to the usual characteristics ofhe's short for a man; it's cool for this time of year
concerning; as regardsdesire for money
as beingwe took him for the owner; I know that for a fact
at a specified timea date for the next evening
to do or partake ofan appointment for supper
in the duty or task ofthat's for him to say
to allow oftoo big a job for us to handle
despite; notwithstandingshe's a good wife, for all her nagging
in order to preserve, retain, etcto fight for survival
as a direct equivalent toword for word; weight for weight
in order to become or enterto go for a soldier; to train for the priesthood
in recompense forI paid for it last week; he took the punishment for his crime
for it British informal liable for punishment or blameyou'll be for it if she catches you
nothing for it no choice; no other course
(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 /
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
- 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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