Purpose definitions

pûr'pəs
Something one intends to get or do; intention; aim.
noun
55
4
Resolution; determination.
noun
40
3
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.

noun
37
2
The object for which something exists or is done; end in view.
noun
35
2
To intend, resolve, or plan.
verb
32
2
Determination; resolution.

He was a man of purpose.

noun
30
2
To intend or resolve.
verb
25
1
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.

noun
17
1
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.

verb
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0
An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
noun
5
0
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.

noun
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0
The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
noun
4
1
Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
verb
2
1
(passive) Designed for some purpose.
verb
1
0
A result that is desired; an intention.
noun
1
1
The subject of discourse; the point at issue.

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1

Origin of purpose

Middle English purpos from Anglo-Norman from purposer to intend pur- forth (from Latin prō- pro–1) poser to put pose1