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for
for1 W1S1 [fə strong fo: $ fər strong fo:r] prep
[: Old English;]
1.) used to say who is intended to get or use something, or where something is intended to be used
I've got a present for you.
Someone left a message for Vicky.
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We need a new battery for the radio.
These chairs are for the main office.
2.) in order to help someone or something
I looked after the kids for them.
Let me carry that bag for you.
The doctor knew that there was nothing he could do for her.
Charles died fighting for his country.
What can I do for you (=used to ask a customer if you can help them) ?
3.) used to say what the purpose of an object, action etc is
for doing sth
a knife for cutting bread
What did you do that for?
I've bought him a watch for his birthday.
the documents prepared for his defence
4.) in order to have, do, get, or obtain something
Are you waiting for the bus?
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Mother was too ill to get up for dinner.
I paid $3 for a ticket.
For further details, write to this address.
Let's go for a walk.
5.) used to say how long an action or situation continues for
Bake the cake for 40 minutes.
We had been talking for a good half hour.
He's been off work for a while.
6.) used to talk about distance
We walked for miles.
Factories stretch for quite a way along the canal.
7.) if something is arranged for a particular time, it is planned that it should happen then
I've invited them for 9 o'clock.
A special meeting has been arranged for 18th October.
8.) used to say where a person, vehicle etc is going
I set off for work.
the train for Manchester
A few days later she would be leaving for New York.
9.) used to say what the price or value of something is
a cheque for a hundred pounds
The diamond was insured for two thousand dollars.
10.)because of or as a result of something
If, for any reason, you cannot attend, please inform us.
We could hardly see for the mist.
You'll feel better for a break.
for doing sth
a reward for making good progress
Campbell was arrested for dangerous driving.
11.) used to say which thing or person your statement or question is related to
I'm sure she's the ideal person for the job.
The questions on this paper are too difficult for 10-year-olds.
Are you all right for money?
Fortunately for him, he can swim.
12.) used to say which person or thing your feelings are directed towards
I came away feeling sorry for poor old George.
My deep love for him still remains.
They show no respect for authority.
13.) used to say at which meal you eat something
We had pasta for lunch.
14.) used to say which company, team etc you belong to
I've worked for the BBC ever since I left university.
Deborah used to play for the A team.
He writes for a weekly paper.
15.) supporting or in agreement with something or someone
We have studied the arguments for and against nuclear energy.
How many people voted for the proposal?
Three cheers for the captain.
be all for (doing) sth
(=support something very much)
I'm all for giving people more freedom.
16.) used to say what a word or sign means
What's the French word for 'happy'?
Red is for danger.
17.) used to say that a particular quality of someone or something is surprising when you consider what they are
She looks young for her age.
It's cold for July.
18.) as a representative of other people
Paisley claims to speak for the majority of local people.
19.) used to say what is possible, difficult, necessary, unusual etc
for sb/sth to do sth
It's unusual for Donald to be so bad-tempered.
There is an urgent need for someone to tackle this problem.
Here is a chance for everyone to learn new skills.
There's nothing worse than for a parent to ill-treat a child.
It was too far for her to walk in high-heeled shoes.
20.) for each/every
used to say that there is a relationship between one amount and another
For each mistake, you'll lose half a point.
For every three people who agree, you'll find five who don't.
21.) sth is not for sb
used to say that something is not the kind of thing that someone likes or will enjoy
City life is not for me.
This book is not for everyone.
22.) it is (not) for sb to do sth
used to say whether it is someone's right or duty to do something
It's not for me to tell you what to do.
It will be for you to decide what action you should take.
23.) if it wasn't/weren't for sb/sth also if it hadn't been for sb/sth
used to say who or what prevents or prevented something from happening
If it hadn't been for you, I should have drowned.
24.) that's/there's sb/sth for you!
spoken
a) used to say that a particular kind of behaviour or situation is typical of someone or something, especially when you do not expect anything better from that person or thing
I know it's outrageous, but that's Melissa for you.
b) used when you are annoyed or disappointed to say that something is the opposite of the quality you are mentioning
Well, there's gratitude for you! Here am I trying to help and you tell me not to interfere!
25.) be (in) for it
spoken to be likely to be blamed or punished
You'll be in for it if she finds out what you've done!
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for 2
for2 W1S2 conj formal
used to introduce the reason for something
= ↑because
I cannot tell whether she is old or young, for I have never seen her.
He found it increasingly difficult to read, for his eyesight was beginning to fail.

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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

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  • 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

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