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Definition: For why
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.
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
Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his
mercy endureth forever. --Ps. cxxxvi.
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.
, because. [Obs.] “Nor for because they set
less store by their own citizens.”
(a) Why; for that reason; wherefore. [Obs.]
(b) Because. [Obs.] See Forwhy
Syn: See Because
, adv. [OE. whi, why, AS. hw[=i], hw?, instrumental
case of hw[=a], hw[ae]t; akin to Icel. hv[=i] why, Dan. & Sw.
hvi; cf. Goth. hw?. ?. See Who
1. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account;
wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under
, pron., 1.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will
ye die, O house of Israel? --Ezek.
2. For which; on account of which; -- used relatively.
No ground of enmity between us known
Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm. --Milton.
Turn the discourse; I have a reason why
I would not have you speak so tenderly. --Dryden.
3. The reason or cause for which; that on account of which;
on what account; as, I know not why he left town so
suddenly; -- used as a compound relative.
Note: Why is sometimes used as an interjection or an
expletive in expression of surprise or content at a
turn of affairs; used also in calling. “Why,
If her chill heart I can not move,
Why, I'll enjoy the very love. --Cowley.
[1913 Webster] Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun.
The how and the why and the where. --Goldsmith.
, because; why. See Forwhy
. [Obs. or Colloq.]