What does the word for mean? Definitions and usage examples of the word for. Example sentences with for.
1. A1 (preposition) intended to be given to someone; intended to be used by something
• I’ve got a present for you.
• This book is for children.
2. A1 (preposition) in order to help someone
• Can you do a favour for me?
• What can I do for you (= how can I help you)?
3. A1 (preposition) used to show a particular purpose
• a cream for dry skin
• What are you learning English for?
4. A1 (preposition) used to show a particular reason
• The city is famous for its beaches.
• He got an award for bravery.
• He didn't come for various reasons.
• She couldn't speak for laughing.
5. A1 (preposition) towards; used to show where a person or thing is going
• I’m heading for the park.
• When’s the next flight for Paris?
5. A1 (preposition) used to show an amount of time or distance
• We walked for five miles.
• I haven't seen him for years.
6. A1 (preposition) as a representative, employee, member, etc. of
• She works for a software company.
• He plays for Manchester United.
7. B1 (preposition) in favor of someone or something; in support of
• Which candidate did you vote for?
• Are you for or against the proposal?
8. B1 (preposition) in relation to what can be expected from somebody/something
• She looks young for her age.
• The weather is cold for the time of year.
• There’s a letter for you.
• She made coffee for me.
• Can I speak to you for a minute?
• What do you want to have for lunch?
• This course is for foreign students.
• We need furniture for the new house.
• I am worried for her safety.
• We have a separate area for smoking.
• She has invited me for dinner on Saturday.
• What do you do for joy?
• She’s dressing for the wedding.
• I haven’t played chess for a long time.
• The desert stretches for hundreds of miles.
• I'm going on holiday for a few days.
• He will speak to the manager for everyone.
• What did you give your mother for her birthday?