Definition of for conjunction from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//fər//
; BrE strong form BrE//fɔː(r)//
; NAmE strong form NAmE//fɔːr//
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(old-fashioned or literary) used to introduce the reason for something mentioned in the previous statement We listened eagerly, for he brought news of our families. I believed her—for surely she would not lie to me. Word OriginOld English, probably a reduction of a Germanic preposition meaning ‘before’ (in place or time); related to German für, also to fore.
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