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English definition of “for”

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preposition (IN RELATION TO)    strong /fɔːr/ US  /fɔːr/ weak /r/ US  //
in relation to someone or something: Her feelings for him had changed. He felt nothing but contempt for her. I've got a lot of admiration for people who do that sort of work. He's quite good-looking but he's a bit too short for me. The ice-cream was a little bit sweet for me. That jacket looks a bit big for you. Jackie's already left and, as for me, I'm going at the end of the month. Luckily for me (= I was lucky), I already had another job when the redundancies were announced. How are you doing for money/time (= do you have enough money/time)?Linking and relatingRegarding and concerning for all C2 despite: For all her qualifications, she's still useless at the job.Connecting words which express a contrast 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 (IN RELATION TO) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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