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English definition of “for”

for

preposition (BECAUSE OF)    strong /fɔːr/ US  /fɔːr/ weak /r/ US  //
A2 because of or as a result of something: I'm feeling all the better for my holiday. "How are you?" "Fine, and all the better for seeing you!" She did 15 years in prison for murder. I don't eat meat for various reasons. I couldn't see for the tears in my eyes. The things you do for love! He's widely disliked in the company for his arrogance. She couldn't talk for coughing (= she was coughing too much to talk). Scotland is famous for its spectacular countryside. He's best remembered for his novels. I didn't dare say anything for fear of (= because I was frightened of) offending him.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reason if it wasn't/weren't for (also if it hadn't been for) without: If it wasn't for the life jacket, I would have drowned.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary 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 (BECAUSE OF) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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