What does Purpose mean?

Definitions for Purpose
ˈpɜr pəsPur·pose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, designnoun

    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, usenoun

    what something is used for

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

  3. determination, purposeverb

    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, proposeverb

    propose or intend

    "I aim to arrive at noon"

  5. purpose, resolveverb

    reach a decision

    "he resolved never to drink again"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purposenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

  2. Purposenoun

    proposal to another; discourse

    Etymology: [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

  3. Purposenoun

    instance; example

    Etymology: [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

  4. Purposeverb

    to set forth; to bring forward

    Etymology: [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

  5. Purposeverb

    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

    Etymology: [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

  6. Purposeverb

    to have a purpose or intention; to discourse

    Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. purpose

    A reason to exist.

    We all require a sense of purpose to focus on daily and to motivate our actions.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 25, 2020  
  2. purpose

    An accurate and specific vision, strategy, goal, objective, plan or budget we choose.

    The company was fit for purpose and all worked in harmony with each other to achieve.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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  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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of Purpose in a Sentence

  1. Charles Robert Darwin:

    The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

  2. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.

  3. Ryan Mauro:

    These acts stem from Islamic interpretations that are more broadly held than just within ISIS and these interpretations need to be addressed, more modern Muslims say [the hadith cited by ISIS] was an instruction for a specific time and purpose and is not applicable to today, but ISIS is acting upon a widely-taught interpretation.

  4. Eric Fehrnstrom:

    The most important thing Donald Trump can do is show the American people that he has the character, the temperament and the seriousness of purpose to be president.

  5. Ernest Villejoin:

    I know Wayne didn’t do this on purpose. He didn’t do this [to] offend anybody. I apologize that it offended, believe me.

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