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Definition of "for" [for]

  • Used to indicate the object, aim, or purpose of an action or activity: trained for the ministry; put the house up for sale; plans to run for senator. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate a destination: headed off for town. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate the object of a desire, intention, or perception: had a nose for news; eager for success. (preposition)
  • Used to indicate the recipient or beneficiary of an action: prepared lunch for us. (preposition)
  • On behalf of: spoke for all the members. (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "for" in a sentence
  • "The financial regulatory bill before the Senate would go a long way toward staving off the next crisis, writes The New York Times '"Economic Scene"  columnist David Leonhardt, excerpt for one thing: it needs to do a better job of keeping taxpayers from picking up the tab  for the next crisis."
  • "C Powell: I can't speak for others but if you consult this blog's previous entries you'll find that I was wholly * against* banning Geert Wilders (even, no especially, because I disagree with him) and wholly * for* publishing those cartoons once it became a freedom of expression issue."
  • "Just as Dad would, we'll provide you with some basic advice for choosing one for  Father's Day gift."
Words like "for"
for the life of me
for the reason that
if it were not for
for all me