What does FOR mean?

Definitions for FORfɔr; unstressed fər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word FOR.


  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

  14. Origin: [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. fr, Icel. fyrir, Sw. fr, Dan. for, adv. fr, Goth. far, fara, L. pro, Gr. , Skr. pra-. 202. Cf. Fore, First, Foremost, Forth, Pro-.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. For

    for, prep. in the place of: for the sake of: on account of: in the direction of: with respect to, by reason of: appropriate or adapted to, or in reference to: beneficial to: in quest of: notwithstanding, in spite of: in recompense of: during.—For all (N.T.), notwithstanding; For it, to be done for the case, usually preceded by a negative; For to (B.), in order to.—As for, as far as concerns. [A.S. for; Ger. für, vor, akin to L. and Gr. pro, Sans. pra, before in place or time.]

  2. For

    for, conj. the word by which a reason is introduced: because: on the account that.—For because and For that=because; For why=why.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

Anagrams for FOR »

  1. fro, 'fro, ORF

  2. ORF

  3. fro, 'fro


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FOR in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FOR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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