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preposition (SUPPORT)    strong /fɔːr/ US  /fɔːr/ weak /r/ US  //
B2 in support of or in agreement with: I voted for the Greens at the last election. Those voting for the motion, 96, and those voting against, 54. So let's hear some applause for these talented young performers. Who's for (= who wants to play) tennis?Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting be all for sth to approve of or support something very much: I've got nothing against change - I'm all for it. I'm all for sexual equality, but I don't want my wife earning more than I do.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting 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 (SUPPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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