for

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 purpose <
a grant for studying medicine
>
b. — used as a function word to indicate an intended goal <
left for home
>
<
acted for the best
>
c. — used as a function word to indicate the object or recipient of a perception, desire, or activity <
now for a good rest
>
<
run for your life
>
<
an eye for a bargain
>
2. a. as being or constituting <
taken for a fool
>
<
eggs for breakfast
>
b. — used as a function word to indicate an actual or implied enumeration or selection <
for one thing, the price is too high
>
3. because of <
can't sleep for the heat
>
4. — used as a function word to indicate suitability or fitness <
it is not for you to choose
>
<
ready for action
>
5. a. in place of <
go to the store for me
>
b. (1) on behalf of ; representing <
speaks for the court
>
(2) in favor of <
all for the plan
>
6. in spite of — usually used with all <
for all his large size, he moves gracefully
>
7. with respect to ; concerning <
a stickler for detail
>
<
heavy for its size
>
8. a. — used as a function word to indicate equivalence in exchange <
$10 for a hat
>
, equality in number or quantity <
point for point
>
, or correspondence or correlation <
for every one that works, you'll find five that don't
>
b. — used as a function word to indicate number of attempts <
0 for 4
>
9. — used as a function word to indicate duration of time or extent of space <
gone for two days
>
10. in honor of ; after <
named for her grandmother
>
II. conjunction Date: 12th century for the reason that ; on this ground ; because III. abbreviation 1. foreign 2. forestry

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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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 — 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

  • For — may refer to:in English language parts of speech *for, a preposition *for, a complementizer *for, a coordinatorin other uses *for loop, programming language statement *FoR, Fellowship of Reconciliation *For, Fornax constellationee also*Four …   Wikipedia

  • 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

  • For — For, n. One who takes, or that which is said on, the affrimative side; that which is said in favor of some one or something; the antithesis of against, and commonly used in connection with it. [1913 Webster] {The fors and against}. those in favor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FOR — s. m. Juridiction, tribunal de justice. Il ne s emploie guère que dans les locutions suivantes :  Le for extérieur, L autorité de la justice humaine qui s exerce sur les personnes et sur les biens. Cela se dit, plus particulièrement, de La… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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