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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Act  \Act\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  exert  power;  to  produce  an  effect;  as  the  stomach  acts 
  upon  food. 
 
  2.  To  perform  actions;  to  fulfill  functions;  to  put  forth 
  energy;  to  move  as  opposed  to  remaining  at  rest;  to  carry 
  into  effect  a  determination  of  the  will 
 
  He  hangs  between,  in  doubt  to  act  or  rest.  --Pope. 
 
  3.  To  behave  or  conduct,  as  in  morals,  private  duties,  or 
  public  offices;  to  bear  or  deport  one's  self  as  we  know 
  not  why  he  has  acted  so 
 
  4.  To  perform  on  the  stage;  to  represent  a  character. 
 
  To  show  the  world  how  Garrick  did  not  act  --Cowper. 
 
  {To  act  as}  or  {for},  to  do  the  work  of  to  serve  as 
 
  {To  act  on},  to  regulate  one's  conduct  according  to 
 
  {To  act  up  to},  to  equal  in  action  to  fulfill  in  practice; 
  as  he  has  acted  up  to  his  engagement  or  his  advantages. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  For-  \For-\  [AS.  for-;  akin  to  D.  &  G.  ver-,  OHG.  fir-,  Icel. 
  for-,  Goth.  fra-,  cf  Skr.  par[=a]-  away  Gr  ?  beside,  and 
  E.  far  adj  Cf  {Fret}  to  rub.] 
  A  prefix  to  verbs,  having  usually  the  force  of  a  negative  or 
  privative.  It  often  implies  also  loss  detriment,  or 
  destruction,  and  sometimes  it  is  intensive,  meaning  utterly, 
  quite  thoroughly,  as  in  forbathe. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  For  \For\,  prep.  [AS.  for  fore;  akin  to  OS  for  fora,  furi,  D. 
  voor,  OHG.  fora,  G.  vor,  OHG.  furi,  G.  f["u]r,  Icel.  fyrir, 
  Sw  f["o]r,  Dan.  for  adv  f["o]r,  Goth.  fa['u]r,  fa['u]ra, 
  L.  pro,  Gr  ?,  Skr.  pra-.  [root]  202.  Cf  {Fore},  {First}, 
  {Foremost},  {Forth},  {Pro}-.] 
  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  C[ae]sar'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 
 
  {For},  or  {As  for},  so  far  as  concerns;  as  regards;  with 
  reference  to  --  used  parenthetically  or  independently. 
  See  under  {As}. 
 
  As  for  me  and  my  house,  we  will  serve  the  Lord. 
  --Josh.  xxiv. 
  15. 
 
  For  me  my  stormy  voyage  at  an  end  I  to  the  port  of 
  death  securely  tend.  --Dryden. 
 
  {For  all  that},  notwithstanding;  in  spite  of 
 
  {For  all  the  world},  wholly;  exactly.  ``Whose  posy  was  for 
  all  the  world,  like  cutlers'  poetry.''  --Shak. 
 
  {For  as  much  as},  or  {Forasmuch  as},  in  consideration  that 
  seeing  that  since. 
 
  {For  by}.  See  {Forby},  adv 
 
  {For  ever},  eternally;  at  all  times.  See  {Forever}. 
 
  {For  me},  or  {For  all  me},  as  far  as  regards  me 
 
  {For  my  life},  or  {For  the  life  of  me},  if  my  life  depended 
  on  it  [Colloq.]  --T.  Hook. 
 
  {For  that},  {For  the  reason  that},  because  since.  [Obs.] 
  ``For  that  I  love  your  daughter.''  --Shak. 
 
  {For  thy},  or  {Forthy}  [AS.  for??.],  for  this  on  this 
  account.  [Obs.]  ``Thomalin,  have  no  care  for  thy.'' 
  --Spenser. 
 
  {For  to},  as  sign  of  infinitive,  in  order  to  to  the  end  of 
  [Obs.,  except  as  sometimes  heard  in  illiterate  speech.]  -- 
  ``What  went  ye  out  for  to  see?''  --Luke  vii.  25.  See  {To}, 
  prep.,  4. 
 
  {O  for},  would  that  I  had  may  there  be  granted;  -- 
  elliptically  expressing  desire  or  prayer.  ``O  for  a  muse 
  of  fire.''  --Shak. 
 
  {Were  it  not  for},  or  {If  it  were  not  for},  leaving  out  of 
  account;  but  for  the  presence  or  action  of  ``Moral 
  consideration  can  no  way  move  the  sensible  appetite,  were 
  it  not  for  the  will.''  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  For  \For\,  conj. 
  1.  Because  by  reason  that  for  that  indicating,  in  Old 
  English,  the  reason  of  anything 
 
  And  for  of  long  that  way  had  walk['e]d  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. 
 
  {For  because},  because  [Obs.]  ``Nor  for  because  they  set 
  less  store  by  their  own  citizens.''  --Robynson  (More's 
  Utopia). 
 
  {For  why}. 
  a  Why;  for  that  reason;  wherefore.  [Obs.] 
  b  Because  [Obs.]  See  {Forwhy}. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Because}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  For  \For\,  n. 
  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 
 
  {The  fors  and  against}.  those  in  favor  and  those  opposed;  the 
  pros  and  the  cons;  the  advantages  and  the  disadvantages. 
  --Jane  Austen. 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  for 
 
  {for  loop} 
 
 




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