for

/fɔ / (say faw), weak forms /fə / (say fuh), /f / (say f)

preposition
1. with the object or purpose of: to go for a walk.
2. intended to belong to, suit the purposes or needs of, or be used in connection with: a book for children; a box for gloves.
3. in order to obtain: a suit for damages.
4. with inclination or tendency towards: to long for a thing; to have an eye for beauty.
5. (expressing a wish or desire for something to be obtained): O for the wings of a dove.
6. in consideration of, or in return for: three for a dollar; to be thanked for one's efforts.
7. appropriate or adapted to: a subject for speculation.
8. with regard or respect to: pressed for time; too warm for April.
9. during the continuance of: for a long time.
10. in favour of, or on the side of: to stand for honest government.
11. in place of, or instead of: a substitute for butter.
12. in the interest of: to act for a client.
13. as an offset to: blow for blow.
14. in honour of: to give a dinner for a person.
15. in punishment of: fined for stealing.
16. with the purpose of reaching: to start for Perth.
17. conducive to: for the advantage of everybody.
18. in order to save: to flee for one's life.
19. in order to become: to go for a soldier.
20. in assignment or attribution to: an engagement for this evening; it is for you to decide.
21. to allow of; to require: too many for separate mention.
22. such as results in: his reason for going.
23. as affecting the interests or circumstances of: bad for one's health.
24. in proportion or with reference to: tall for his age.
25. in the character of, or as being: to know a thing for a fact.
26. by reason of, or because of: to shout for joy; famed for its beauty.
27. in spite of: for all that.
28. to the extent or amount of: to walk for a mile.
29. (sometimes used to govern a noun or pronoun followed by an infinitive, in a construction equivalent to a clause with that and should, etc.), as in it is time for him to go, meaning it is time that he should go.
conjunction
30. seeing that; since.
31. because.
phrase
32. be for it, Colloquial to be about to suffer some punishment, injury, setback, or the like.
33. be for or against, (used interrogatively) to be in favour of or opposed to (a proposal).
34. for to, Archaic in order to; to.
{Middle English and Old English; related to fore1 (adverb and preposition)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • For — For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For by — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For me — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For to — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • For — For, conj. 1. Because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything. [1913 Webster] And for of long that way had walk[ e]d none, The vault was hid with plants and bushes hoar. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] And Heaven… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • For- — [AS. for ; akin to D. & G. ver , OHG. fir , Icel. for , Goth. fra , cf. Skr. par[=a] away, Gr. ? beside, and E. far, adj. Cf. {Fret} to rub.] A prefix to verbs, having usually the force of a negative or privative. It often implies also loss,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • for — I. preposition Etymology: 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 Date: before 12th century 1. a. used as a function word to indicate… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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