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

  Ever \Ev"er\adv. [OE. ever, [ae]fre, AS. [ae]fre; perh. akin to
     Aye,+Age,{Evry">AS. [=a] always. Cf. Aye, Age,{Evry, Never.]
     [Sometimes contracted into e'er.]
     1. At any time; at any period or point of time.
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              No man ever yet hated his own flesh.  --Eph. v. 29.
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     2. At all times; through all time; always; forever.
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              He shall ever love, and always be
              The subject of by scorn and cruelty.  --Dryder.
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     3. Without cessation; continually.
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     Note: Ever is sometimes used as an intensive or a word of
           enforcement. "His the old man e'er a son?" --Shak.
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                 To produce as much as ever they can. --M. Arnold.
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     Ever and anon, now and then; often. See under Anon.
     Ever is one, continually; constantly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     Ever so, in whatever degree; to whatever extent; -- used to
        intensify indefinitely the meaning of the associated
        adjective or adverb. See Never so, under Never. "Let
        him be ever so rich." --Emerson.
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              And all the question (wrangle e'er so long),
              Is only this, if God has placed him wrong. --Pope.
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              You spend ever so much money in entertaining your
              equals and betters.                   --Thackeray.
     For ever, eternally. See Forever.
     For ever and a day, emphatically forever. --Shak.
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              She [Fortune] soon wheeled away, with scornful
              laughter, out of sight for ever and day. --Prof.
     Or ever (for or ere), before. See Or, ere. [Archaic]
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              Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven
              Or ever I had seen that day, Horatio! --Shak.
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     Note: Ever is sometimes joined to its adjective by a hyphen,
           but in most cases the hyphen is needless; as, ever
           memorable, ever watchful, ever burning.
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