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.
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Origin of for-
Middle English, Old English; compare German ver-, Greek peri-, Latin per-
Words nearby for-
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British Dictionary definitions for for-
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-
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