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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.Grammar:For: purposeWe use for to talk about a purpose or a reason for something:Grammar:For someoneWe often use for to introduce the person or people receiving something:Grammar:For: durationWe use for with a period of time to refer to duration (how long something lasts):Grammar:For: exchangeWe use for to refer to an exchange:Grammar:For meaning becauseWe sometimes use for as a conjunction meaning ‘because’. We use it in very formal, and often literary, contexts:Grammar:For in multi-word verbsWe often combine for with a verb to form a multi-word verb:Grammar:For + -ingGrammar:For + -ing: functionWe use for + the -ing form of a verb to talk about the function of something or how something is used:Grammar:For + -ing: reasonWe use for + the -ing form of a verb to refer to the reason for something:Grammar:For + -ing or to + infinitive?
(Definition of for preposition (SUPPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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