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For- \For-\ [AS. for-; akin to D. & G. ver-, OHG. fir-, Icel. for-, Goth. fra-, cf. Skr. par[=a]- away, Gr. ? beside, and E. far, adj. Cf. {Fret} to rub.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

For \For\, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f["u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f["o]r, Dan. for, adv. f["o]r, Goth. fa['u]r, fa['u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra-. [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First}, {Foremost}, {Forth}, {Pro-}.] In the most general sense, indicating that in consideration of, in view of, or with reference to, which anything is done or takes place. [1913 Webster]

     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              With fiery eyes sparkling for very wrath. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              How to choose dogs for scent or speed. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

              Now, for so many glorious actions done, For peace at home, and for the public wealth, I mean to crown a bowl for C[ae]sar's health.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              That which we, for our unworthiness, are afraid to crave, our prayer is, that God, for the worthiness of his Son, would, notwithstanding, vouchsafe to grant.                                --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              The oak for nothing ill,
              The osier good for twigs, the poplar for the mill.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              It was young counsel for the persons, and violent counsel for the matters.              --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

              Shall I think the worls was made for one, And men are born for kings, as beasts for men, Not for protection, but to be devoured? --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              For he writes not for money, nor for praise.
                                                    --Denham. [1913 Webster]

     3. 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. [1913 Webster]

              We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.                                --2 Cor. xiii.
                                                    8. [1913 Webster]

              It is for the general good of human society, and consequently of particular persons, to be true and just; and it is for men's health to be temperate.
                                                    --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

              Aristotle is for poetical justice.    --Dennis. [1913 Webster]

     4. Indicating that toward which the action of anything is directed, or the point toward which motion is made;
        ?ntending to go to.
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              We sailed from Peru for China and Japan. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     5. 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. [1913 Webster]

              And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.              --Ex. xxi. 23,
                                                    24. [1913 Webster]

     6. Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being. [1913 Webster]

              We take a falling meteor for a star.  --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

              If a man can be fully assured of anything for a truth, without having examined, what is there that he may not embrace for tru??          --Locke. [1913 Webster]

              Most of our ingenious young men take up some cried-up English poet for their model. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              But let her go for an ungrateful woman. --Philips. [1913 Webster]

     7. 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. [1913 Webster]

              The writer will do what she please for all me.
                                                    --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

              God's desertion shall, for aught he knows, the next minute supervene.                     --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster]

              For anything that legally appears to the contrary, it may be a contrivance to fright us. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     8. Indicating the space or time through which an action or state extends; hence, during; in or through the space or time of. [1913 Webster]

              For many miles about
              There 's scarce a bush.               --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Since, hired for life, thy servile muse sing.
                                                    --prior. [1913 Webster]

              To guide the sun's bright chariot for a day.
                                                    --Garth. [1913 Webster]

     9. Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              We 'll have a bib, for spoiling of thy doublet.
                                                    --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     {For}, or {As for}, so far as concerns; as regards; with reference to; -- used parenthetically or independently. See under {As}. [1913 Webster]

              As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
                                                    --Josh. xxiv.
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              For me, my stormy voyage at an end,
              I to the port of death securely tend. --Dryden.

     {For all that}, notwithstanding; in spite of.

     {For all the world}, wholly; exactly. "Whose posy was, for all the world, like cutlers' poetry." --Shak.

     {For as much as}, or {Forasmuch as}, in consideration that; seeing that; since.

     {For by}. See {Forby}, adv.

     {For ever}, eternally; at all times. See {Forever}.

     {For me}, or {For all me}, as far as regards me.

     {For my life}, or {For the life of me}, if my life depended on it. [Colloq.] --T. Hook.

     {For that}, {For the reason that}, because; since. [Obs.]
        "For that I love your daughter." --Shak.

     {For thy}, or {Forthy} [AS. for[eth][=y].], for this; on this account. [Obs.] "Thomalin, have no care for thy."
        --Spenser.

     {For to}, as sign of infinitive, in order to; to the end of. [Obs., except as sometimes heard in illiterate speech.] --
        "What went ye out for to see?" --Luke vii. 25. See {To}, prep., 4.

     {O for}, would that I had; may there be granted; -- elliptically expressing desire or prayer. "O for a muse of fire." --Shak.

     {Were it not for}, or {If it were not for}, leaving out of account; but for the presence or action of. "Moral consideration can no way move the sensible appetite, were it not for the will." --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

For \For\, conj.
     1. Because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything. [1913 Webster]

              And for of long that way had walk['e]d none, The vault was hid with plants and bushes hoar.
                                                    --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

              And Heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant, For she with me.                      --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.               --Ps. cxxxvi.
                                                    1. [1913 Webster]

              Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 't were all alike As if we had them not.                --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {For because}, because. [Obs.] "Nor for because they set less store by their own citizens." --Robynson (More's Utopia).

     {For why}.
        (a) Why; for that reason; wherefore. [Obs.] (b) Because. [Obs.] See {Forwhy}.

     Syn: See {Because}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

For \For\, 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. [1913 Webster]

     {The fors and against}. those in favor and those opposed; the pros and the cons; the advantages and the disadvantages.
        --Jane Austen.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

46 Moby Thesaurus words for "for":
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