• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • For Because; by reason that; for that; indicating, in Old English, the reason of anything. "And for of long that way had walkéd none,
      The vault was hid with plants and bushes hoar."
      "And Heaven defend your good souls, that you think
      I will your serious and great business scant, For she with me."
    • prep For In the most general sense, indicating that in consideration of, in view of, or with reference to, which anything is done or takes place.
    • For 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.
    • For Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done.
    • For Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being.
    • For 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.
    • For 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.
    • For Indicating that toward which the action of anything is directed, or the point toward which motion is made; intending to go to.
    • For 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.
    • For 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.
    • For Indicating the space or time through which an action or state extends; hence, during; in or through the space or time of.
    • n For 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.
    • For 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. "Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.""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."
    • For so far as concerns; as regards; with reference to; -- used parenthetically or independently. See under As.
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Plan of a Princely Storehouse for Provisions Plan of a Princely Storehouse for Provisions
"'Would you take a message of importance for me?'" "'Would you take a message of importance for me?'"
The Member for Lincoln The Member for Lincoln
No, I've nothing for you No, I've nothing for you
News for William III.——481 News for William III.——481
He Was Yelling for Water 223 He Was Yelling for Water 223
He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235 He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, the most frequent month for a tornado to occur is in May.
    • for Before. In place: Before the face of; in presence of.
    • for In time.
    • for In order or degree.
    • for In the direction of; toward; with the view of reaching. Expressing the objective point or end in view: as, he set out for London; bound for Hong Kong.
    • for Expressing inclination, tendency, or bent: as, an itch for scribbling; a taste for art; a love for drink.
    • for 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.
    • for In place of; instead of; in consideration of: as, to pay a dollar for a thing; two for five cents.
    • for As an offset to; as offsetting; corresponding to: as, to give blow for blow.
    • for In the place and behalf of: as, he acted as attorney for another.
    • for 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.
    • for On account of; because of; with regard to: as, to fear for one's life.
    • for In favor of; on the side of: as, to vote for a person or a measure; I am for peace.
    • for With reference to the needs, purposes, or uses of: as, salt is good for cattle; skins are used for rugs.
    • for In the character of; as; as being: as, to be taken for a thief; he was left for dead on the field.
    • for Because or by reason of; as affected or influenced by: as, he cried out for anguish; but for me he would have gone.
    • for By the want of; in the absence or insufficiency of: as, to be cramped for space; to be straitened for means.
    • for To the extent, number, quantity, or amount of: as, he is liable for the whole sum.
    • for Through; throughout; during the continuance of: as, we traveled for three days; to be appointed for life.
    • for 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.
    • for 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.
    • for 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.
    • for In the direction of, or conducive or necessary to.
    • for 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.
    • for 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.
    • for In order to prevent or avoid; against.
    • for In spite of; without regard to; notwithstanding: as, that is true for aught I know.
    • for 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 [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 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. It is an elliptical use of the preposition for, thus: “So death passed upon all men, for [the reason] that all have sinned; [I say so] for [this reason, that] until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” Rom. v. 12, 13. The use of that after for, as above, was formerly common, as was also that of for before the reason for a succeeding statement, or to introduce a subordinate and inseparable clause, as in the following extracts; but both locutions are now antiquated or obsolete.
    • for In order that.
    • for Synonyms See since.
    • for 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. In Middle English and Anglo-Saxon it conveyed various notions, as oppositeness, negation, difference, change, deterioration, etc., often intensity, these notions being traceable in the modern words; thus, for- is negative in forbid, forswear, negative or pejorative in forspeak, etc., alterative in forshape, etc., intensive in forlorn, forweary, forwounded, forspent, etc. From its intensive use in participial forms of verbs it came to be used also as an intensive prefix to adjectives, as in forblack, very black, fordry, very dry, etc:. (See the etymology, and compare for-.) This prefix, once extremely common, has not only ceased to be used in forming new words, but most of the old words containing it have become obsolete, forbear, forbid, forget, forgive, forgo, forsake, forswear, and forlorn in its adjective use being the only ones now in familiar use. Only the principal Middle English words with this prefix are entered in this dictionary.
    • for A form of fore-, in forward, forward, forgo.
    • for A prefix of Latin origin, in forclose (= foreclose), forfeit, and for-judge (which see).
    • for An abbreviation of foreign: as, for. sec., foreign secretary.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The YKK on the zipper of your Levis stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushibibaisha, the worlds largest zipper manufacturer
    • prep For for in the place of: for the sake of: on account of: in the direction of: with respect to, by reason of: appropriate or adapted to, or in reference to: beneficial to: in quest of: notwithstanding, in spite of: in recompense of: during
    • conj For for the word by which a reason is introduced: because: on the account that
    • ***


  • William James
    “To spend life for something which outlasts it.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is a tendency for things to right themselves.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.”
  • James French
    James French
    “How about this for a headline for tomorrow's paper? French fries.”
  • Tom Stoppard
    “Age is a high price to pay for maturity.”


A penny for your thoughts - This idiom is used as a way of asking someone what they are thinking about.
Apples for apples - An apples for apples comparison is a comparison between related or similar things. ('Apples to apples' is also used.)
Be careful what you wish for - If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences.('Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.' and 'Be careful what you wish for; you may receive it.' are also used.)
Beeline for - If you make a beeline for a place, you head there directly.
Can't do it for toffee - If you can't so something for toffee, you are incapable of doing something properly or to any sort of standard.
Can't see the forest for its trees - If someone can't see the forest for its trees, they are too focused on specific details to see the picture as a whole.
Devil finds work for idle hands - When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Different ropes for different folks - (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
Different strokes for different folks - (USA) This idiom means that different people do things in different ways that suit them.
Dollars for doughnuts - (USA) If something is dollars for doughnuts, it is a sure bet or certainty.
Down for the count - If someone is down for the count, they have lost a struggle, like a boxer who has been knocked out.
Eat something for breakfast - If you eat something for breakfast, you can do it effortlessly, and if you eat someone for breakfast, you can beat them easily.
Every man for himself - If it's every man for himself, then people are trying to save themselves from a difficult situation without trying to help anyone else.
Eye for an eye - This is an expression for retributive justice, where the punishment equals the crime.
Fish for compliments - Usually said of someone who puts themselves down (similar to false modesty) in the hope that others will contradict them, and in the process, compliment them. Sam: I'm no good at drawing!Judy: Nonsense! You're an excellent artist!Bob: Aw, he was just fishing for compliments.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. for, fore,; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. für, Icel. fyrir, Sw. för, Dan. for, adv. för, Goth. faúr, faúra, L. pro, Gr. , Skr. pra,-. √ 202. Cf. Fore First Foremost Forth Pro-


In literature:

We stand for the country, for the Union, for the Constitution.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He will be odious, insufferable for all the world besides, except for me; and for me he will be heaven.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
For some of the good words spoken must be for her, she thought, since the minister said they were for all.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
He was inducing Cecil to be 'bound for me for the L500, which I stand in danger to the Widow Smith for.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
She could not tell why, but she was suddenly seized with anxiety for Daniel; for him and for no one else.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I do not wonder you wish to try," he said, "for if you find Cathay it will be a wonderful thing for you and for Portugal.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
A friend's a friend, say I, and we're for bucking up for the man that's bucking up for us.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I have a move in it ready for this month; another for next; and another for the next.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
A name for a bright light of that colour used for signals; and also for an explosive ball of prepared paste-board.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
No one is ever the better for a fancy price for his labour.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge

In poetry:

Each time it rings
I think it is for
me but it is
not for me nor for
"The Thing" by William Carlos Williams
and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that
"The Secret" by Denise Levertov
Watching for Pa!
Watching for Pa!
Sitting by the window,
Watching for Pa!
"Watching For Pa" by Henry Clay Work
The only land for me
The only land for me
"This is my own - my native land" -
The only land for me!
"The Only Land For Me (A currency Lad)" by Anonymous Oceania
For the world was made for me,
I who love her music so;
I was meant for Arcady,
Where the April tides sing low.
"The Footfarer" by Charles Hanson Towne
I see no Christ
Nailed on a tree,
Dying for sin;
No sin I see:
No thoughts for sadness,
All thoughts for gladness.
"A May Morning" by William H Davies

In news:

The Medical Aid Committee for Indochina , which has been raising funds for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for the victims of American intervention in Indochina , is organizing a national campaign for the week of October 8-14.
Ed Locket Jr was in the USA for two weeks for meetings with his sponsors and for fund raising for their mission efforts in Haiti.
Farhad Manjoo, a writer for Slate, drew controversy after writing a recent column with a headline that stated 'buying books on Amazon is better for authors, better for the economy, and better for you.
No reason, that is, except that it was more convenient for the obstetrician , for the hospital, or perhaps for the patient, and draws more revenue in fee-for-service payment systems.
Leslie Moonves earned his $69.9 million 2011 pay package for diversifying the company's revenue base, for stock growth that outperformed CBS' media peers and for his leadership in developing hits for the Eye network.
"Artificial muscles are needed for a variety of applications that are extremely important for our society, for example for prosthetic limbs for those that are handicapped," he says.
One candidate stands for more money for our military, not so much for education (Mitt Romney suggests more than the Pentagon even asks for).
GREELEY — Amanda Jolliff pleaded for leniency Tuesday and asked for a sentence of probation for keeping her 14-year-old son a virtual captive in a feces-filled trailer for more than three years.
GREELEY — Amanda Jolliff pleaded for leniency Tuesday and asked for a sentence of probation for keeping her14-year-old son a virtual captive in a feces-filled trailer for more than three years.
Deadline for Advertising For publication in Thursday's issue: For camera-ready print ads and classified ads – Noon Tuesday For ads requiring composition, design and proofing – Noon Monday.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power for salvation for all who believe".
Boon for many, bane for some Drilling boom is cash for land, business owners, high rent for some residents.
Compost bins that retail for $100 will be on sale for $30 and rain barrels that retail for $150 will be available for $45.
For example, one bag could be for mango jelly beans , another for strawberry and a third for banana-flavored ones.
Cue was 19 for 29 through the air for 300 yards and Elmore had three catches for 117 yards for the Bulldogs.

In science:

All three methods for handling a channel, i.e. one for generating the four-momenta of the outgoing particles, one for calculating the appropriate weight for a given sample of four-momenta and one for specifying the resonant propagators will be created in this class.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
The notation is C for circular, G for gaussian, χ for chiral, B for Bogoliubov–de Gennes, P for p–wave, T for transfer matrix and S for S–matrix ensembles.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
In section 6, for max k -sat, we derive analogous results only for c large, reflecting the general state of ignorance regarding the k -sat phase transition. (For some results on scaling windows for k -sat see [Wil02].) Still more generally, Theorem 16 describes the high-density case for any max csp.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
Also, note that the gap representation is interesting only for infinite partitions and sequences; for fixed n, any law for the sequence easily translates into a law for an exchangeable partition, as we are free to specify to probabilities for all possible block sizes.
Increments of Random Partitions
For the same model [Eq.(16)] studied in this section and for systems sizes going from 8 to 2048 sites, ρs has been calculated by ED techniques for several disorder strengths (from W = 0.025 to W = 1) and averaged over a very large number of samples (from 105 for the smallest sizes to 500 for the largest).
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain