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Syllabification: for
Pronunciation: /fôr
 
, fər
 
/

Definition of for in English:

preposition

1In support of or in favor of (a person or policy): they voted for independence in a referendum
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  • So folks, if you agree with my policies, please vote for me at the next general election.
  • It may be hackneyed to point out that people fought and died for the right to vote, but it's true all the same.
  • This is a good idea and it enjoys the support of most of us who have fought for this country.
2Affecting, with regard to, or in respect of (someone or something): she is responsible for the efficient running of their department the demand for money
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  • It was a success but due to a new demand for money, the WWF had to withdraw after one season.
  • He also learnt a new respect for further education, and those who work in it.
  • Anyone who has ever been down a pit returns to the surface with deep respect for those who make a career of mining.
3On behalf of or to the benefit of (someone or something): these parents aren’t speaking for everyone
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  • It is nice to see people giving some of their leisure time for the benefit of others.
  • We can bring in the expertise and we can manage that for the customers' benefit.
  • We have a flexible benefits package for women and this is a woman-friendly company.
3.1Employed by: it was a good firm to work for
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  • He has been working for the tyre-fitting firm since he left school.
  • You will be able to draw on your company scheme while working for the same firm.
  • The nationality of the hostages and the name of the firm they work for was last night unclear.
4Having (the thing mentioned) as a purpose or function: she is searching for enlightenment the necessary tools for making a picture frame
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  • This is fun, and can be a powerful tool for learning and exchanging information.
  • The old doorman's room, which was not being used, was just right for the purpose, she said.
  • Have you ever used these fake papers to prove your identity for some purpose?
5Having (the thing mentioned) as a reason or cause: Aileen is proud of her family for their support I could dance and sing for joy
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  • The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave evidence to the court via video link.
  • In America, it is much harder for dissent to make such a breakthrough, for various reasons.
  • We have to do this for moral reasons, and because our security depends on it.
6Having (the place mentioned) as a destination: they are leaving for Swampscott tomorrow
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  • He missed the following two Cup games but will leave with the team for Perth tomorrow.
  • As we left the stadium for the airport, bottles and bricks smacked against our coach.
  • The survivors, who are Spanish and Portuguese, are expected to leave for home today.
7Representing (the thing mentioned): the “F” is for Fascinating
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  • The ‘T’ is for telecommunications.
  • The initials C.P.R. stand for Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation.
8In place of or in exchange for (something): swap these two bottles for that one
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  • There was no denying that this was an exchange, their cash for your compliance.
  • He then walked off to try to get help to exchange the coins for larger ones.
  • The food will help make up five-day meal packages handed out in exchange for a meal ticket.
8.1Charged as (a price): copies are available for only a buck
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  • The helping was not on the generous side but what do you expect for a fiver?
  • Limited tickets are available for $35 each.
  • Firms that do not complete and submit the online survey can purchase the report for $150.
9In relation to the expected norm of (something): she was tall for her age warm weather for this time of year
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  • Alban was sturdy and tall for his age with tawny locks reaching down to his shoulders.
  • In fact I have eyes like a hawk for someone my age.
  • The number of cattle bones is said to be uniquely large for an Iron Age burial in Britain.
10Indicating the length of (a period of time): he was in prison for 12 years I haven’t seen him for some time
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  • Do not stay out in the sun for lengthy periods without covering up and make sure you put on plenty of sun cream.
  • The onus is put on the student's parents to get him or her to school for the period of time the student is suspended.
  • What finally pushed me to this decision was getting stuck in a tunnel on a congested train for a long period.
11Indicating the extent of (a distance): he crawled for 300 yards
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  • I only used it for a few hundred yards, perilously close to a stretch of canal.
  • Head back now to the main track and follow it by your outward route for a few 100 yards to an open gate.
  • This went on for about a 100 yards when he finally asked me to wait whilst he pulled over.
12Indicating an occasion in a series: the camcorder failed for the third time
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  • So for the third year running here's the low-down on Melas happening in your area.
  • Brian, a Royal Marine home on leave in Blackburn, won the event for the third time.
  • Stay at Marlfield House just one night and you'll spend the next working out how to stay on for a third.

conjunction

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Because; since: he felt guilty, for he knew that he bore a share of responsibility for Fanny’s death
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  • He smiled at this thought for he knew all too well that appearances were not always what they appeared to be.
  • He closed his eyes tightly and longed for death, for surely he would be dead sooner or later.
  • I didn't know what my future held, but God did, for he brought us together only a few months later.

Origin

Old English, probably a reduction of a Germanic preposition meaning 'before' (in place or time); related to German für, also to fore.

Phrases

be for it

1
British informal Be in imminent danger of punishment or other trouble.
Example sentences
  • We knew it would hurt; we knew we were for it in a big way.
  • God will get you in the end, the devil will not be able to save you from his fury, and then you will be for it.
  • If you're not careful you'll have the matron in here and if she sees the state of this skirt I'm working on I'll be for it.

for all ——

2
see all.

for ever

3

for why

4
informal For what reason: you’re going to and I’ll tell you for why
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  • Not to be ungrateful, Nod, but I'd want to go into the centre of Warwick for why?
  • But the question remains: is it any good? Well, yes it is. And I'll tell you for why.
  • My wife has to be the important one in our house and I'll tell you for why.

oh for ——

5
I long for ——: oh for a strong black coffee!
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  • Oh for a broadband connection.
  • Oh for more time!
  • There is no electricity and running water on the island, oh for a shower!

there's (or that's) —— for you

6
Used ironically to indicate a particularly poor example of (a quality mentioned): there’s gratitude for you
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  • They needed the stuff immediately and didn't want to invest the time and effort to purify things (by distillation, for example - there's another wonderful job for you.)
  • And the royal family: now there's a minority group for you.
  • Of course he'd buy six cases of bargain dog food and walk right by coffee for a quarter a pound, but that's a guy for you.

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