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

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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 — 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 — may refer to* Fellowship of Reconciliation * Field of Research , a research classification scheme defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics * International Air Transport Association airport code for Pinto Martins International Airport ndash; …   Wikipedia

  • 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)

  • FOR — n. m. T. de Droit ancien Juridiction. Fig., Le for intérieur, Le jugement qu’au fond de soi on porte sur soi même, le tribunal de la conscience. Je suis sûr que, dans votre for intérieur, vous m’approuvez. Garder son for intérieur …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • for- — prefix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German far for , Old English for 1. so as to involve prohibition, exclusion, omission, failure, neglect, or refusal < forbid > 2. destructively or detrimentally < fordo > 3.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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