Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Completely; excessively, especially with destructive or detrimental effect: forworn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Meaning "far", "away"; "from", "out" e.g. forbid, forget, forsay; forbear, fordeem.
  • Meaning "completely", "to the fullest extent" e.g. fordo; superseded by combinations with "up" in senses where no upward movement is involved, e.g. forgive = give up (one's offenses), forgather = "gather up", forbeat = "beat up", etc.
  • Very; excessively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A prefix to verbs, having usually the force of a negative or privative. It often implies also loss, detriment, or destruction, and sometimes it is intensive, meaning utterly, quite thoroughly, as in forbathe.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English for-, vor-, from Old English for-, fer-, fær-, fyr- ("far, away, completely", prefix), from the merger of Proto-Germanic *fra- ("away, away from"; see fro, from) and *fur-, *far- (“through, completely, fully”), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-, *per-, *pr-. Cognate with Scots for-, West Frisian fer-, for-, Dutch ver-, German ver-, Swedish för-, Danish for-, Norwegian for-, Latin per-. More at for. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course, Stanley's wife, Ellie Joan Bennett, wants Kay to have the elaborate nuptials she never did, so Stanley finds himself accosted by the exhausting, never-ending business of planning-and paying for- a wedding.

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  • Although I was looking at all of the stained-glass windows above me in awe, there was one in particular I was looking for- the "Space Window", which I had read contained an actual moon rock brought back by the Apollo 11 mission.

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  • As the afterglow of the 36 hour Obama social media blitz wears off, Brazilians need to ask themselves just how much they want to adopt- and pay the price for- the US style business-to-business lifestyle and economic model that he was selling.

    Eric Ehrmann: Brazil Unions Flex Muscles as Obama Afterglow Fades

  • And in desperation, Zoran managed to slam his head for- ward against the hilt of the dagger, driving it in even deeper.

    Star Trek® New Frontier

  • The margin at for- profits is 50 times higher at 10 percent.

  • Patients stay an average of 98 days in for- profit hospices versus 68 days at non-profits, which have a 0.2 percent profit margin, according to Medicare.

  • "So I was disappointed to see that this year's meeting, hosted by the Washington Chapter, was dominated by the Northern development professionals, in particular those who appear to be engaged in for- profit contracting to execute development projects on behalf of organisations such as USAID."

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  • I will beat Ryan because I understand what voters are looking for- experience and the right priorities.

    Crooks and Liars

  • According to Heard, Not one journalist at the press conference stood up and asked Eddie Cibrian - who plays the typical guy the club was created for- not a single person in a room of a hundred journalists asked him, 'How does it feel to be the guy who pays to come to this club?' or asked how it felt to be supporting the same message.

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  • And also there are plenty of past sins to atone for- on all sides.

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