from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. 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.
- prep. Used to indicate a destination: headed off for town.
- prep. Used to indicate the object of a desire, intention, or perception: had a nose for news; eager for success.
- prep. Used to indicate the recipient or beneficiary of an action: prepared lunch for us.
- prep. On behalf of: spoke for all the members.
- prep. In favor of: Were they for or against the proposal?
- prep. In place of: a substitute for eggs.
- prep. Used to indicate equivalence or equality: paid ten dollars for a ticket; repeated the conversation word for word.
- prep. Used to indicate correlation or correspondence: took two steps back for every step forward.
- prep. Used to indicate amount, extent, or duration: a bill for five dollars; walked for miles; stood in line for an hour.
- prep. Used to indicate a specific time: had an appointment for two o'clock.
- prep. Used to indicate a number of attempts: shot three for four from the foul line.
- prep. As being: take for granted; mistook me for the librarian.
- prep. Used to indicate an actual or implied listing or choosing: For one thing, we can't afford it.
- prep. As a result of; because of: jumped for joy.
- prep. Used to indicate appropriateness or suitability: It will be for the judge to decide.
- prep. Notwithstanding; despite: For all the problems, it was a valuable experience.
- prep. As regards; concerning: a stickler for neatness.
- prep. Considering the nature or usual character of: was spry for his advanced age.
- prep. In honor of: named for her grandmother.
- conj. Because; since.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- conj. because
- prep. Towards.
- prep. Directed at, intended to belong to.
- prep. Supporting (opposite of against).
- prep. Because of.
- prep. Over a period of time.
- prep. On behalf of.
- prep. To obtain.
- prep. In the direction of: marks a point one is going toward.
- prep. By the standards of, usually with the implication of those standards being lower than one might otherwise expect.
- prep. Despite, in spite of.
- prep. Used to indicate the subject of a to-infinitive.
- prep. Out of; used to indicate a fraction, a ratio
- prep. used as part of a score to indicate the number of wickets that have fallen
- prep. Used to construe various verbs. See the entry for the phrasal verb.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. In the most general sense, indicating that in consideration of, in view of, or with reference to, which anything is done or takes place.
- prep. Indicating the antecedent cause or occasion of an action; the motive or inducement accompanying and prompting to an act or state; the reason of anything; that on account of which a thing is or is done.
- prep. Indicating the remoter and indirect object of an act; the end or final cause with reference to which anything is, acts, serves, or is done.
- prep. Indicating that in favor of which, or in promoting which, anything is, or is done; hence, in behalf of; in favor of; on the side of; -- opposed to against.
- prep. Indicating that toward which the action of anything is directed, or the point toward which motion is made; �ntending to go to.
- prep. Indicating that on place of or instead of which anything acts or serves, or that to which a substitute, an equivalent, a compensation, or the like, is offered or made; instead of, or place of.
- prep. Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being.
- prep. Indicating that instead of which something else controls in the performing of an action, or that in spite of which anything is done, occurs, or is; hence, equivalent to notwithstanding, in spite of; -- generally followed by all, aught, anything, etc.
- prep. Indicating the space or time through which an action or state extends; hence, during; in or through the space or time of.
- prep. Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done.
- prep. so far as concerns; as regards; with reference to; -- used parenthetically or independently. See under As.
- conj. Because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything.
- conj. Since; because; introducing a reason of something before advanced, a cause, motive, explanation, justification, or the like, of an action related or a statement made. It is logically nearly equivalent to since, or because, but connects less closely, and is sometimes used as a very general introduction to something suggested by what has gone before.
- n. One who takes, or that which is said on, the affrimative side; that which is said in favor of some one or something; -- the antithesis of against, and commonly used in connection with it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In time.
- In order or degree.
- In the direction of; toward; with the view of reaching.
- Expressing inclination, tendency, or bent: as, an itch for scribbling; a taste for art; a love for drink.
- In quest of; with a view to the coming or attainment of; in order to obtain or attain to; as expecting or seeking: as, waiting for the morning; to send for persons and papers; to write for money or for fame.
- In place of; instead of; in consideration of: as, to pay a dollar for a thing; two for five cents.
- As an offset to; as offsetting; corresponding to: as, to give blow for blow.
- In the place and behalf of: as, he acted as attorney for another.
- In the interest of; with a view to the use, benefit, comfort, convenience, etc., of: expressing purpose or object: as, the earth was made for man; to provide for a family.
- On account of; because of; with regard to: as, to fear for one's life.
- In favor of; on the side of: as, to vote for a person or a measure; I am for peace.
- With reference to the needs, purposes, or uses of: as, salt is good for cattle; skins are used for rugs.
- In the character of; as; as being: as, to be taken for a thief; he was left for dead on the field.
- Because or by reason of; as affected or influenced by: as, he cried out for anguish; but for me he would have gone.
- By the want of; in the absence or insufficiency of: as, to be cramped for space; to be straitened for means.
- To the extent, number, quantity, or amount of: as, he is liable for the whole sum.
- Through; throughout; during the continuance of: as, we traveled for three days; to be appointed for life.
- In relation to; with respect or regard to; as affects or concerns; as regards: as, sorrow is past for him; as for me, I am content; for the present everything is right.
- In proportion or with reference to; considering the state or character of: as, he is tall for his age; it is very well done for him.
- Appropriate or adapted to; suitable to the purpose, requirement, character, or state of: as, a subject for speculation; a remedy for the toothacho; stores for the winter; this is no place for a sick man.
- In the direction of, or conducive or necessary to.
- In assignment or attribution to; the share, lot, possession, right, duty, or privilege of: as, freedom is for the brave; it is for you to decide.
- To be or become; designing or designed to be or serve as; with the purpose or function of (becoming or doing something): as, the boy is intended for a lawyer; to run for sheriff; a mill for grinding corn; a sketch for a picture.
- In order to prevent or avoid; against.
- In spite of; without regard to; notwithstanding: as, that is true for aught I know.
- In order; with the intent: used redundantly before the infinitive with to: formerly common, but now obsolete or vulgar: as, I came for to see you.
- [For, governing prepositionally a noun or pronoun followed by an infinitive, is sometimes used, in familiar or careless style, with the value of that before a verb in the conditional: for example, for him to do that (that is, that he should do that) would be a pity.
- For the reason that; because; seeing that; since: in modern usage employed only to introduce an independent clause, or frequently a separate sentence, giving a reason for, or a justification or explanation of, something previously said.
- In order that.
- Synonyms See since.
- An inseparable prefix in words of Middle English and Anglo-Saxon origin, formerly attachable at will to any verb admitting of the qualification conveyed by this prefix, but no longer used or felt as a living formative.
- A form of fore-, in forward, forward, forgo.
- A prefix of Latin origin, in forclose (= foreclose), forfeit, and for-judge (which see).
- An abbreviation of foreign: as, for. sec., foreign secretary.
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