- The definition of a purpose is a goal or intention.
An example of purpose is people meeting to discuss how to cut costs within a company.
- Purpose is defined as to plan or intend to do something.
An example of purpose is someone deciding they will start saving 10% of their income.
Origin of purposeMiddle English purposen ; from Old French porposer, variant, variety of proposer: see propose
- something one intends to get or do; intention; aim
- resolution; determination
- the object for which something exists or is done; end in view
Origin of purposeME < OFr porpos
of set purpose
- with a specific end in view
- not accidentally; by design
to good purpose
to little (or no) purpose
to the purpose
- The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal: Her purpose in coming here is to talk to you. The purpose of an airliner is to transport people. See Synonyms at intention.
- Determination; resolution: He was a man of purpose.
transitive verbpur·posed, pur·pos·ing, pur·pos·es
Origin of purposeMiddle English purpos, from Anglo-Norman, from purposer, to intend : pur-, forth (from Latin pr&omacron;-; see pro–1) + poser, to put; see pose1.
- An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
- A result that is desired; an intention.
- The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
- The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
- The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
- The purpose of turning off the lights overnight is to save energy.
(third-person singular simple present purposes, present participle purposing, simple past and past participle purposed)
From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer (“to propose")