- for [ weak fər, strong fɔr ] function word ***For can be used in the following ways:as a preposition (followed by a noun):I bought some flowers for Chloe.Wait there for a while.as a conjunction (connecting two clauses):I told her to leave, for I was very tired.1. ) intended to help or benefit someone or somethinga ) used for stating who or what is intended to receive something or get the benefit of it:I've brought a glass of water for you.Claudia, this present is for you.What can I do for you?The academy provides training for young musicians.They'll have to buy furniture for the new house.b ) used for saying that someone does something so that someone else does not have to do it:Betty will take care of things for us while we're away.c ) in order to protect someone or something:We are here today to honor those who died for their country.2. ) used for stating a purposea ) used for stating the purpose of an object or action:We use the basement for storage.The red button is for turning the machine off.3. ) used for stating a length of time or a distancea ) used for stating how long something lasts or continues:There has been a drought for the last two summers.I've been waiting for 20 minutes.for a while: We haven't seen Kim for a while.─ see usage note at SINCEb ) used for stating how far something reaches, or how far someone goes:The desert stretched for hundreds of miles in all directions.They must have walked for at least three miles.4. ) intended to happen at a particular timea ) used for stating the particular time or date that something is planned to happen:The meeting was planned for 10 o'clock.The release of her new album is scheduled for next August.5. ) employed by someone or something used for stating the person or organization that someone is employed by:She works for an accounting firm downtown.6. ) used for stating how much money is paida ) used for stating the cost of a product or a service:I sold my car for $1500.How much do you want for those two lamps?They bought the entire business for around $20 million.He says he won't fix the bike for less than 75 dollars.b ) used for stating how much someone earns:Some laborers were working for less than $5 a day.7. ) used for stating who or what you support or prefera ) used for stating which person or thing someone supports or agrees with:Everyone says they are for equal opportunities.Support for the government's reform program has been overwhelming.Eight members voted for the proposal and six against.all for (=supporting something completely): I'm all for complete freedom of speech.b ) if you are for a particular plan or activity, you want to take part in it:I'm for a picnic by the river.Anyone for tennis?8. ) relating to someone or something relating to or concerning someone or something:Living conditions for most of the citizens are very bad.an advertisement for private health insurance9. ) used for talking about reasons or causesa ) as a result of something:He was sick for lack of food.We're all much better people for having known Carl.b ) MAINLY LITERARY because:She began to grow nervous, for he had promised to return before nightfall.c ) used after nouns such as reason or cause :Did he give any reason for arriving so late?The current inflation rate is a cause for concern.10. ) used for stating who or what your feelings are related to used for showing that your feelings are directed toward a particular person or thing:I'm so happy for you!I feel sorry for his wife.It's clear that she has great affection for her grandchildren.I feel nothing but disgust for the whole process.11. ) representing someone used for stating who you represent when you say or do something:I'm speaking for everyone here when I say how very grateful we are.12. ) going to a place used for stating the place you are going to when you leave another place:What time are you leaving for home?He got on the next airplane for San Francisco.13. ) used for stating who or what does something used after some adjectives, nouns, and verbs for stating who or what does the action of the following verb:for someone/something to do something: It was difficult for me to understand what he was saying.All I want is for you to be happy.It is time for Congress to begin exploring some new approaches.14. ) in order to celebrate an occasion in order to celebrate a holiday or special occasion:John gave me a tie for Christmas, as usual.We haven't decided what to do for her birthday.15. ) enough to make something possible used for stating what a particular amount of time, money, space, etc. makes possible:We don't have the money for a new car right now.Come in there's room for two.There just isn't enough time for everyone to have a turn.16. ) in someone's opinion used for stating who has a particular feeling or opinion about something:For me personally, it was a complete disaster.The biggest concern for most Americans was the quality of public education.17. ) considering what someone or something is used for saying that a particular fact about someone or something is surprising when you consider who or what they are:She sings amazingly well for a child.It's awfully expensive for a toy.18. ) used for showing what something means used for stating what something means or represents:What's the Italian word for Goodbye?Red roses are for love.19. ) appropriate for INFORMAL used for stating which person a particular thing, activity, or person would be appropriate for:I just know this girl will be the one for you.Mountain climbing's not for me it looks way too dangerous.be for someone to do somethingto be someone's right, responsibility, or duty to do something:It's not for me to decide whether you should quit your job.She wouldn't tell me; she said it was for me to figure out.for all1. ) despite something:For all his complaining, I think he actually enjoyed the day.2. ) considering how large or small an amount is:For all the trouble he's caused her, you'd think she'd be happy to see him go.for every/eachused for talking about the relationship between one number or amount and another:For every person who complains, there are always hundreds of satisfied customers.For each basket of apples you pick, you get $5.for the first/last etc. timeused for talking about how often something has happened:For the first time in my life I realized that I was the powerful one.He was late this morning for the third time this week.for now or for the moment or for the time beingfor a short time, until a situation changes:There's enough fuel to keep us going for now.You'll have to stay here for the time being.for one thing...(for another thing) SPOKENused for giving a reason for something:Why didn't we visit? Well, for one thing, it's too far away. And for another, she never invited us.if it were not for or were it not forused for saying what prevents the situation from being different:If it were not for the fact that he is my father, I'd accuse him in public.if it had not been for/had it not been for: If it had not been for your help, I would not have succeeded.I for one... SPOKENused for emphasizing what you believe or think, even if other people disagree:Nothing has been proved yet, and I for one believe that he is innocent.in for it INFORMALused for saying that you are going to be in trouble because of something you have done:Now we're in for it, Phillip said as they trooped into the principal's office.not for anythingused for emphasizing that you definitely will not do a particular thing:I wouldn't get married again not for anything.that's/there's...for you SPOKEN1. ) used for saying that someone should not be surprised or upset when someone behaves in a particular way because that is the way they normally behave:His room's such a mess. Well, that's teenagers for you!2. ) used when you are angry or disappointed at the way you or someone else has been treated:They said it was all my own fault. There's justice for you!
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.