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preposition (PURPOSE)    strong /fɔːr/ US  /fɔːr/ weak /r/ US  //
A2 having the purpose of: There's a sign there saying 'boats for hire'. This pool is for the use of hotel residents only. I'm sorry, the books are not for sale. They've invited us round for dinner on Saturday. Everyone in the office is contributing money for his leaving present. I need some money for tonight. Which vitamins should you take for (= in order to cure) skin problems? Put those clothes in a pile for washing (= so that they can be washed).Goals and purposes Grammar:ForFor is usually a preposition and sometimes a conjunction.See moreGrammar:For: purposeWe use for to talk about a purpose or a reason for something:See moreGrammar:For someoneWe often use for to introduce the person or people receiving something:See moreGrammar:For: durationWe use for with a period of time to refer to duration (how long something lasts):See moreGrammar:For: exchangeWe use for to refer to an exchange:See moreGrammar:For meaning becauseWe sometimes use for as a conjunction meaning ‘because’. We use it in very formal, and often literary, contexts:See moreGrammar:For in multi-word verbsWe often combine for with a verb to form a multi-word verb:See moreGrammar:For + -ingSee moreGrammar:For + -ing: functionWe use for + the -ing form of a verb to talk about the function of something or how something is used:See moreGrammar:For + -ing: reasonWe use for + the -ing form of a verb to refer to the reason for something:See moreGrammar:For + -ing or to + infinitive?See more
(Definition of for preposition (PURPOSE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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