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English definition of “for”

for

preposition     strong /fɔːr/ weak /r/
GIVEN/USED A1 intended to be given to or used by someone or something: I've bought a few clothes for the new baby. We need some curtains for the spare bedroom. parking for residents onlyGoals and purposesReplacing and exchanging
PURPOSE A2 having a particular purpose: a cream for dry skin What are those large scissors for?Goals and purposes
BECAUSE OF A2 because of or as a result of something: [+ doing sth] I got fined for travelling without a ticket. Scotland is famous for its spectacular countryside.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason
TIME/DISTANCE A1 used to show an amount of time or distance: We drove for miles before we found a phone box. I've been living with my parents for a few months.Describing when something happened or will happen
GET A2 in order to get or achieve something: I've sent off for an application form. We had to wait for a taxi.Goals and purposes
HELP B1 in order to help someone: I'll carry those bags for you.
OCCASION A2 on the occasion of: We're having a party for Jim's 60th birthday.Describing when something happened or will happen
AT A TIME A2 at a particular time: I've booked a table for 9 o'clock.Describing when something happened or will happen
IN EXCHANGE A2 in exchange for something, especially an amount of money: How much did you pay for your computer? I'd like to change it for a smaller one.Replacing and exchanging
SUPPORT B2 supporting or agreeing with someone or something: Who did you vote for? There were 16 people for the motion and 14 against.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
REPRESENT B1 representing or working with a country, organization, etc: He plays football for Manchester United. She works for a charity.
TOWARDS A2 towards or in the direction of: Just follow the signs for the airport.Describing movement towards
COMPARE when compared to a particular fact: She's quite tall for her age.Comparing and contrasting
MEANING A2 meaning or representing something: What's the German word for 'cucumber'?Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
RESPONSIBILITY used to say whose responsibility something is: I can't tell you whether you should go or not - that's for you to decide.Duty, obligation and responsibility
for all despite: For all her qualifications, she's useless at the job.Connecting words which express a contrast
for all I care/know used to say that a fact is not important to you: He could be married by now, for all I care.Expressions meaning 'it isn't important to me'
for now used to say that something should happen or be done now but can be changed later: Just put everything on the table for now.Describing when something happened or will happen
be for it UK informal (UK/US be in for it) to be in trouble: If Hilary finds out I'll be for it!Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
(Definition of for preposition from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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