Purpose meaning

pûrpəs
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.

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To intend, resolve, or plan.
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The object for which something exists or is done; end in view.
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To intend or resolve.
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Something one intends to get or do; intention; aim.
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Resolution; determination.
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Determination; resolution.

He was a man of purpose.

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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.

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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.

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An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
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A result that is desired; an intention.
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The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
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The subject of discourse; the point at issue.

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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.

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Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
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(passive) Designed for some purpose.
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on purpose
  • Intentionally; deliberately.
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to good purpose
  • With good results.
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to little
  • With few or no results.
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of set purpose
  • with a specific end in view
  • not accidentally; by design
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on purpose
  • by design; intentionally
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to good purpose
  • with a good result or effect; advantageously
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to little (or no) purpose
  • with little (or no) result or effect; pointlessly
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to the purpose
  • relevant; pertinent
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

to good purpose
to little
of set purpose
to good purpose
to little (<i>or</i> no) purpose
to the purpose

Origin of purpose

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer (“to propose"), from Latin prō (“forth") + pausāre, present active infinitive of pausō (“halt, cease, pause").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer (“to propose")

    From Wiktionary