Definitions for purposeˈpɜr pəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pur•poseˈpɜr pəs(n.; v.)-posed, -pos•ing.

  1. (n.)the reason for which something exists or is done, made, etc.

  2. an intended or desired result; aim; goal.

  3. determination; resoluteness.

  4. the subject in hand; point at issue.

  5. practical result or effect:

    to act to good purpose.

  6. (v.t.)to intend; design; resolve.

  7. (v.i.)to have a purpose.

Idioms for purpose:

  1. on purpose,intentionally.

    Category: Idiom

  2. to the purpose,to the point; relevant.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of purpose:

1250–1300; (n.) ME purpos < OF, der. of purposer, var. of proposer to propose ; (v.) ME purposen < AF, OF purposer

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. purpose(noun)ˈpɜr pəs

    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.

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

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

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the reason for doing something; the aim to which an action etc is directed

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