Definitions for purposeˈpɜr pəs

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.]

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

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
  • tarkoitusFinnish
  • ætlaFaroese
  • but, sujet, intention, objectifFrench
  • rùnScottish Gaelic
  • מטרה, סיבה, כוונה, נחישותHebrew
  • szándékHungarian
  • ætlaIcelandic
  • soggetto, intenzione, proposito, argomentoItalian
  • מטרהHebrew
  • 目的Japanese
  • 목적Korean
  • 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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