Meaning of for- in English:

for-

Pronunciation /fɔː/ /fə/

prefix

  • 1Denoting prohibition.

    • ‘forbid’
  • 2Denoting abstention, neglect, or renunciation.

    ‘forgive’
    • ‘forget’
    • ‘forgo’
  • 3Used as an intensifier.

    • ‘forlorn’

Origin

Old English.