Definitions for FÓRfɔr; unstressed fər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

forfɔr; unstressed fər(prep.)

  1. with the object or purpose of:

    to run for exercise.

  2. intended to belong to or be used in connection with:

    equipment for the army; a closet for dishes.

  3. suiting the purposes or needs of:

    medicine for the aged.

  4. in order to obtain, gain, or acquire:

    to work for wages.

  5. (used to express a wish, as of something to be experienced or obtained):

    O, for a cold drink!

  6. sensitive or responsive to:

    an eye for beauty.

  7. desirous of:

    a longing for adventure.

  8. in consideration or payment of; in return for:

    three for a dollar.

  9. appropriate or adapted to:

    a subject for speculation; clothes for winter.

  10. with regard or respect to:

    pressed for time.

  11. during the continuance of:

    for a long time.

  12. in favor of; on the side of:

    to be for honest government.

  13. in place of; instead of:

    a substitute for butter.

  14. in the interest of; on behalf of:

    to act for a client.

  15. in exchange for; as an offset to:

    blow for blow.

  16. in punishment of:

    payment for the crime.

  17. in honor of:

    to give a dinner for a person.

  18. with the purpose of reaching:

    to start for London.

  19. contributive to:

    for the advantage of everybody.

  20. in order to save:

    to flee for one's life.

  21. in order to become:

    to train recruits for soldiers.

  22. in assignment or attribution to:

    That's for you to decide.

  23. such as to allow of or to require:

    too many for separate mention.

  24. such as results in:

    my reason for going.

  25. as affecting the interests or circumstances of:

    bad for one's health.

  26. in proportion or with reference to:

    He is tall for his age.

  27. in the character of; as being:

    to know a thing for a fact.

  28. by reason of; because of:

    to shout for joy.

  29. in spite of:

    They're decent people for all that.

  30. to the extent or amount of:

    to walk for a mile.

  31. (used to introduce a subject in an infinitive phrase):

    It's time for me to go.

  32. (used to indicate the number of successes out of a specified number of attempts):

    The batter was 2 for 3 in the game.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Sport

  33. (conj.)seeing that; since.

    Category: Function Word

  34. because.

    Category: Function Word

Origin of for:

bef. 900; ME, OE


  1. 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:

    forbid; forswear.

    Category: Affix

Origin of for-:

ME, OE; cf. OHG fir-, far-, L per-, Gk peri-


  1. foreign.

  2. forester.

  3. forestry.

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. for(preposition)ɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates the person or thing intended to get or use sth

    It's a present for Jamie.; ink for the printer; money for the state

  2. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates the purpose of sth

    a pen for writing on the white board; What's the meeting for?

  3. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates a length of time or distance

    We'll be here for about three hours.; He walked for 2 miles.

  4. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates a time or date

    The table is reserved for 8 p.m.; an appointment scheduled for Friday

  5. forɔr; unstressed fər

    because of

    The car was chosen for its safety record.

  6. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates a surprising quality

    He's small for a man.; It's a very reliable car for its age.

  7. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates cost

    I bought it for $300.

  8. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates support

    I'll be voting for the Independent candidate.

  9. forɔr; unstressed fər

    representing sb or sth, or on sb's behalf

    We felt sorry for her.; I can't speak for others, but I think it's wrong.; I work for the government.

  10. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates meaning

    the symbol for the euro; "Depart" is another word for "leave."

  11. forɔr; unstressed fər

    indicates destination or direction

    the train for Madrid; We're heading for the beach.

  12. forɔr; unstressed fər

    in spite of

    For all her years of experience, she doesn't understand very much.

  13. forɔr; unstressed fər

    done or happening now or for a short time

    That's enough cleaning for now.


  1. for(Conjunction)


    He lost his job, for he got into trouble.

  2. for(Preposition)


    The astronauts headed for the moon.

  3. for(Preposition)

    Directed at, intended to belong to.

    I have something for you.

  4. for(Preposition)

    Supporting (opposite of against).

    All those for the motion raise your hands.

  5. for(Preposition)

    Because of.

  6. for(Preposition)

    Over a period of time.

    They fought for days over a silly pencil.

  7. for(Preposition)

    On behalf of.

    I will stand in for him.

  8. for(Preposition)

    To obtain.

  9. for(Preposition)

    In the direction of:

  10. for(Preposition)

    Despite, in spite of.

  11. for(Preposition)

    See the entry for the phrasal verb.

  12. Origin: From for, from for, from fura, from peri-. Cognate with West Frisian for, foar, Dutch voor, German für, for, Swedish för, for, fyrir, per, , per, परि.

Webster Dictionary

  1. For

    in the most general sense, indicating that in consideration of, in view of, or with reference to, which anything is done or takes place

  2. For

    indicating the antecedent cause or occasion of an action; the motive or inducement accompanying and prompting to an act or state; the reason of anything; that on account of which a thing is or is done

  3. For

    indicating the remoter and indirect object of an act; the end or final cause with reference to which anything is, acts, serves, or is done

  4. For

    indicating that in favor of which, or in promoting which, anything is, or is done; hence, in behalf of; in favor of; on the side of; -- opposed to against

  5. For

    indicating that toward which the action of anything is directed, or the point toward which motion is made; /ntending to go to

  6. For

    indicating that on place of or instead of which anything acts or serves, or that to which a substitute, an equivalent, a compensation, or the like, is offered or made; instead of, or place of

  7. For

    indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being

  8. For

    indicating that instead of which something else controls in the performing of an action, or that in spite of which anything is done, occurs, or is; hence, equivalent to notwithstanding, in spite of; -- generally followed by all, aught, anything, etc

  9. For

    indicating the space or time through which an action or state extends; hence, during; in or through the space or time of

  10. For

    indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done

  11. For

    because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything

  12. For

    since; because; introducing a reason of something before advanced, a cause, motive, explanation, justification, or the like, of an action related or a statement made. It is logically nearly equivalent to since, or because, but connects less closely, and is sometimes used as a very general introduction to something suggested by what has gone before

  13. For(noun)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FÓR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #11

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FÓR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #26

Anagrams of FÓR

  1. fro, 'fro, ORF

  2. ORF

  3. fro, 'fro

Translations for FÓR

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to be given or sent to

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