Definitions for purposeˈpɜr pəs

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word purpose

Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design(noun)

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

    "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"

  2. function, purpose, role, use(noun)

    what something is used for

    "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

  3. determination, purpose(verb)

    the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

    "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"

  4. aim, purpose, purport, propose(verb)

    propose or intend

    "I aim to arrive at noon"

  5. purpose, resolve(verb)

    reach a decision

    "he resolved never to drink again"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purpose(noun)

    that which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure, or exertion; view; aim; design; intention; plan

  2. Purpose(noun)

    proposal to another; discourse

  3. Purpose(noun)

    instance; example

  4. Purpose(verb)

    to set forth; to bring forward

  5. Purpose(verb)

    to propose, as an aim, to one's self; to determine upon, as some end or object to be accomplished; to intend; to design; to resolve; -- often followed by an infinitive or dependent clause

  6. Purpose(verb)

    to have a purpose or intention; to discourse

  7. Origin: [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purpose

    pur′pos, n. idea or aim kept before the mind as the end of effort: aim, intention: effect: (Spens.) conversation: (pl.) a sort of conversational game.—Of, or On, purpose, with design, intentionally; To the purpose, to the point, or material to the question. [O. Fr. pourpos, propos—L. propositum, a thing intended—pro, forward, ponĕre, positum, to place.]

  2. Purpose

    pur′pos, v.t. to intend (often followed by an infinitive or participial clause as its object).—v.i. to have an intention: (Spens.) to discourse.—adj. Pur′poseful, having an object: full of meaning.—adv. Pur′posefully.—n. Pur′posefulness.—adj. Pur′poseless, without purpose or effect: aimless.—adv. Pur′poselessly.—n. Pur′poselessness.—adj. Pur′pose-like, having a definite purpose: having the appearance of being fit for a purpose.—adv. Pur′posely, with purpose: intentionally.—n. Pur′poser.—adj. Pur′posive, having an aim: (biol.) functional.—n. Pur′posiveness. [O. Fr. purposer, form of proposer, influenced by Fr. propos.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purpose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1082

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purpose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1509

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'purpose' in Nouns Frequency: #264


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of purpose in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of purpose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Servideo:

    Dream with a purpose

  2. Gene Oliver:

    Every path serves a purpose.

  3. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    The purpose of my address to Congress.

  4. Edward Young:

    The purpose firm is equal to the deed.

  5. Lasherry Codner:

    The purpose is to be a part of a family.

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Translations for purpose

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • نيّة, سبب, هدفArabic
  • ниәтBashkir
  • úmysl, účel, cílCzech
  • mening, intention, mål, grundDanish
  • Zweck, Absicht, Intention, Grund, beabsichtigen, Ziel, Thema, planenGerman
  • σκοπός, σκοπεύω, πρόθεση, στόχος, λόγος, αιτίαGreek
  • objeto, determinación, intención, propósito, objetivo, tema, razón, resolución, decisión, proponerseSpanish
  • هدفPersian
  • tarkoitusFinnish
  • ætlaFaroese
  • but, sujet, intention, objectifFrench
  • rùnScottish Gaelic
  • מטרה, סיבה, כוונה, נחישותHebrew
  • szándékHungarian
  • ætlaIcelandic
  • soggetto, intenzione, proposito, argomentoItalian
  • מטרהHebrew
  • 目的Japanese
  • 목적Korean
  • propositumLatin
  • vastberadenheid, van plan zijn, nut, doel, bedoeling, intentie, reden, strekking, opzet, zinDutch
  • målNorwegian
  • temat, intencja, zagadnienie, cel, powód, zamiarPolish
  • objetivo, propósito, intençãoPortuguese
  • determinare, subiect, scop, rost, țintă, cauză, motiv, țel, obiectiv, temăRomanian
  • цель, причинаRussian
  • namjera, svrha, ciljSerbo-Croatian
  • avsiktSwedish

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