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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
preposition 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.
  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."With fiery eyes sparkling for very wrath." [Shak.]"How to choose dogs for scent or speed." [Waller.]"Now, for so many glorious actions done, For peace at home, and for the public wealth, I mean to crown a bowl for Cæsar's health." [Dryden.]"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.]
  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."The oak for nothing ill, The osier good for twigs, the poplar for the mill." [Spenser.]"It was young counsel for the persons, and violent counsel for the matters." [Bacon.]"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.]"For he writes not for money, nor for praise." [Denham.]
  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."We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." [2 Cor. xiii. 8.]"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.]"Aristotle is for poetical justice." [Dennis.]
  4. Indicating that toward which the action of anything is directed, or the point toward which motion is made; �ntending to go to."We sailed from Peru for China and Japan." [Bacon.]
  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."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.]
  6. Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being."We take a falling meteor for a star." [Cowley.]"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.]" Most of our ingenious young men take up some cried-up English poet for their model." [Dryden.]"But let her go for an ungrateful woman." [Philips.]
  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."The writer will do what she please for all me." [Spectator.]"God's desertion shall, for aught he knows, the next minute supervene." [Dr. H. More.]" For anything that legally appears to the contrary, it may be a contrivance to fright us." [Swift.]
  8. Indicating the space or time through which an action or state extends; hence, during; in or through the space or time of." For many miles about There 's scarce a bush." [Shak.]"Since, hired for life, thy servile muse sing." [prior.]"To guide the sun's bright chariot for a day." [Garth.]
  9. Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done.(Obs)"We 'll have a bib, for spoiling of thy doublet." [Beau. & Fl.]

Etymology: 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-

conjunction For
  1. 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." [Fairfax.]"And Heaven defend your good souls, that you think I will your serious and great business scant, For she with me." [Shak.]
  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."Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever." [Ps. cxxxvi. 1.]"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.]
    synonyms: See Because.
noun 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.

From Middle English for, from Old English for (“for, on account of, for the sake of, through, because of, owing to, from, by reason of, as to, in order to”), from Proto-Germanic *furi (“for”), from Proto-Indo-European *preh₂-. Cognate with West Frisian for, foar (“for”), Dutch voor (“for”), German für (“for”), Danish for (“for”), Swedish för (“for”), Norwegian for (“for”), Icelandic fyrir (“for”), Latin per (“by, through, for, by means of”), Ancient Greek περί (perí, “for, about, toward”), Lithuanian per (“by, through, during”), Sanskrit परि (pári, “over, around”).

for was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Cornish, Danish, Esperanto, Galician, Icelandic, Ido, Latin, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Novial, Old English, Old Irish, Old Saxon, Portuguese, Swedish, and Walloon

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Popularity of For as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity For U.S.
  White 67.50% 64.26%
  African American 12.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name For

People with the last name For are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name For

  • How Popular is the name For? As a last name For was the 139,228th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name For first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name For is Thursday, October 29th, 1868.
  • How unique is the name For? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name For. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name For: Your name in reverse order is Rof. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name For? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 120 people with the last name For.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of For? For is one of the most unique last names recorded.

What Fors Have Visited This Page?

Past life for For born Feb 21, 2001

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Africa approximately on 625. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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