Definitions for purposeˈpɜr pəs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pur•poseˈpɜr pəs(n.; v.)-posed, -pos•ing.
(n.)the reason for which something exists or is done, made, etc.
an intended or desired result; aim; goal.
the subject in hand; point at issue.
practical result or effect:
to act to good purpose.
(v.t.)to intend; design; resolve.
(v.i.)to have a purpose.
Idioms for purpose:
to the purpose,to the point; relevant.
Origin of purpose:
1250–1300; (n.) ME purpos < OF, der. of purposer, var. of proposer to propose ; (v.) ME purposen < AF, OF purposer
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"
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?"
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"
aim, purpose, purport, propose(verb)
propose or intend
"I aim to arrive at noon"
reach a decision
"he resolved never to drink again"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a goal or reason for doing sth
The purpose of the speech was to give people more information.; I went with the purpose of apologizing.
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
proposal to another; discourse
to set forth; to bring forward
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
to have a purpose or intention; to discourse
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'purpose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1082
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'purpose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1509
Rank popularity for the word 'purpose' in Nouns Frequency: #264
Translations for purpose
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the reason for doing something; the aim to which an action etc is directed
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- قَصْد، هَدَفArabic
- propósitoPortuguese (BR)
- účel, smyslCzech
- der ZweckGerman
- propósito, fin; razónSpanish
- مقصود؛ هدفFarsi
- but, objetFrench
- उद्देश्य, प्रयोजनHindi
- mērķis; nolūksLatvian
- formål, hensikt, meningNorwegian
- مقصود؛ هدفPersian
- scop, obiectivRomanian
- účel, zmyselSlovak
- syfte, avsiktSwedish
- amaç, gayeTurkish
- 目的Chinese (Trad.)
- намір, метаUkrainian
- mục đíchVietnamese
- 目的Chinese (Simp.)
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