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ADVERB (1)

1. under any circumstances;
- Example: "she wouldn't give up her pets for love or money"
[syn: for love or money, for anything, for any price, for all the world]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] With fiery eyes sparkling for very wrath. --Shak. [1913 Webster] How to choose dogs for scent or speed. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The oak for nothing ill, The osier good for twigs, the poplar for the mill. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] It was young counsel for the persons, and violent counsel for the matters. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] For he writes not for money, nor for praise. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. --2 Cor. xiii. 8. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Aristotle is for poetical justice. --Dennis. [1913 Webster] 4. Indicating that toward which the action of anything is directed, or the point toward which motion is made; ?ntending to go to. [1913 Webster] We sailed from Peru for China and Japan. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. Indicating that in the character of or as being which anything is regarded or treated; to be, or as being. [1913 Webster] We take a falling meteor for a star. --Cowley. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Most of our ingenious young men take up some cried-up English poet for their model. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] But let her go for an ungrateful woman. --Philips. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The writer will do what she please for all me. --Spectator. [1913 Webster] God's desertion shall, for aught he knows, the next minute supervene. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] For anything that legally appears to the contrary, it may be a contrivance to fright us. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 8. Indicating the space or time through which an action or state extends; hence, during; in or through the space or time of. [1913 Webster] For many miles about There 's scarce a bush. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Since, hired for life, thy servile muse sing. --prior. [1913 Webster] To guide the sun's bright chariot for a day. --Garth. [1913 Webster] 9. Indicating that in prevention of which, or through fear of which, anything is done. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] We 'll have a bib, for spoiling of thy doublet. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] For, or As for, so far as concerns; as regards; with reference to; -- used parenthetically or independently. See under As. [1913 Webster] As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. --Josh. xxiv. 15. [1913 Webster] 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[eth][=y].], 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

World \World\, n. [OE. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, AS. weorold, worold; akin to OS. werold, D. wereld, OHG. weralt, worolt, werolt, werlt, G. welt, Icel. ver["o]ld, Sw. verld, Dan. verden; properly, the age of man, lifetime, humanity; AS. wer a man + a word akin to E. old; cf. AS. yld lifetime, age, ylde men, humanity. Cf. Werewolf, Old.] [1913 Webster] 1. The earth and the surrounding heavens; the creation; the system of created things; existent creation; the universe. [1913 Webster] The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. --Rom. 1. 20. [1913 Webster] With desire to know, What nearer might concern him, how this world Of heaven and earth conspicuous first began. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Any planet or heavenly body, especially when considered as inhabited, and as the scene of interests analogous with human interests; as, a plurality of worlds. "Lord of the worlds above." --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] Amongst innumerable stars, that shone Star distant, but high-hand seemed other worlds. --Milton. [1913 Webster] There may be other worlds, where the inhabitants have never violated their allegiance to their almighty Sovereign. --W. B. Sprague. [1913 Webster] 3. The earth and its inhabitants, with their concerns; the sum of human affairs and interests. [1913 Webster] That forbidden tree, whose mortal taste Brought death into the world, and all our woe. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. In a more restricted sense, that part of the earth and its concerns which is known to any one, or contemplated by any one; a division of the globe, or of its inhabitants; human affairs as seen from a certain position, or from a given point of view; also, state of existence; scene of life and action; as, the Old World; the New World; the religious world; the Catholic world; the upper world; the future world; the heathen world. [1913 Webster] One of the greatest in the Christian world Shall be my surety. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Murmuring that now they must be put to make war beyond the world's end -- for so they counted Britain. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. The customs, practices, and interests of men; general affairs of life; human society; public affairs and occupations; as, a knowledge of the world. [1913 Webster] Happy is she that from the world retires. --Waller. [1913 Webster] If knowledge of the world makes man perfidious, May Juba ever live in ignorance. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 6. Individual experience of, or concern with, life; course of life; sum of the affairs which affect the individual; as, to begin the world with no property; to lose all, and begin the world anew. [1913 Webster] 7. The inhabitants of the earth; the human race; people in general; the public; mankind. [1913 Webster] Since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Tell me, wench, how will the world repute me For undertaking so unstaid a journey? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 8. The earth and its affairs as distinguished from heaven; concerns of this life as distinguished from those of the life to come; the present existence and its interests; hence, secular affairs; engrossment or absorption in the affairs of this life; worldly corruption; the ungodly or wicked part of mankind. [1913 Webster] I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. --John xvii. 9. [1913 Webster] Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. --1 John ii. 15, 16. [1913 Webster] 9. As an emblem of immensity, a great multitude or quantity; a large number. "A world of men." --Chapman. "A world of blossoms for the bee." --Bryant. [1913 Webster] Nor doth this wood lack worlds of company. --Shak. [1913 Webster] A world of woes dispatched in little space. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] All . . . in the world, all that exists; all that is possible; as, all the precaution in the world would not save him. A world to see, a wonder to see; something admirable or surprising to see. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] O, you are novices; 't is a world to see How tame, when men and women are alone, A meacock wretch can make the curstest shrew. --Shak. [1913 Webster] For all the world. (a) Precisely; exactly. (b) For any consideration. Seven wonders of the world. See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction. To go to the world, to be married. [Obs.] "Thus goes every one to the world but I . . .; I may sit in a corner and cry heighho for a husband!" --Shak. World's end, the end, or most distant part, of the world; the remotest regions. World without end, eternally; forever; everlastingly; as if in a state of existence having no end. [1913 Webster] Throughout all ages, world without end. --Eph. iii. 21. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

for all the world adv 1: under any circumstances; "she wouldn't give up her pets for love or money" [syn: for love or money, for anything, for any price, for all the world]