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Definitions of purpose

  1. propose or intend; " I aim to arrive at noon"
  2. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; " his determination showed in his every movement"; " he is a man of purpose"
  3. what something is used for; " the function of an auger is to bore holes"; " ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  4. reach a decision; " he resolved never to drink again"
  5. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
  6. 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.
  7. Proposal to another; discourse.
  8. Instance; example.
  9. To set forth; to bring forward.
  10. 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.
  11. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
  12. To have an intention.
  13. Design; end or aim desired; settled intention; meaning.
  14. To intend or resolve; design.
  15. Purposeless.
  16. Purposely.
  17. That which a person sets before himself as an end: aim: intention: effect.
  18. To intend.
  19. Aim; intention; effect.
  20. To determine; resolve; intend.
  21. A plan intended to be carried out; design; settled resolution.
  22. End or aim in view; intention; design; effect.
  23. To intend; to resolve.
  24. To have an intention or design.
  25. Design; intention; end or aim desired.
  26. To determine on some end or object to be accomplished; to resolve; to intend.
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Quotes of purpose

  1. The purpose of all war is peace. – Saint Aurelius Augustine
  2. The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. – Ken Calvert
  3. Don't confuse hypothesis and theory. The former is a possible explanation; the latter, the correct one. The establishment of theory is the very purpose of science. – Martin Henry Fischer
  4. The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. – Aldous Huxley
  5. My story of success and failure is not just about music and being famous. It's about living and loving and trying to find purpose in this crazy world. – Wynonna Judd
  6. The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a "public purpose – Michael Kinsley
  7. Our purpose as we face these challenges, remains clear- fair and orderly markets that allow for efficient capital formation, while protecting the interests of investors. – Arthur Levitt
  8. The task which we have set ourselves is simply to show why and for what purpose we hold that standpoint during most of our lives, and why and for what purpose we are provisionally obliged to abandon it. – Ernst Mach
  9. The immediate future is going to be tragic for all of us unless we find a way of making the vast educational resources of this country serve the true purpose of education, truth and justice. – Anne Sullivan Macy
  10. We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church, which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning, its contents and purpose to taste and see how good the Lord is. – Arthur Middleton
  11. Every path serves a purpose – Gene Oliver
  12. I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life. – Ronald Reagan
  13. The universe may have a purpose but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours. – Bertrand Russell
  14. If you go out there and your main purpose is to get a sponsor, then it's not gonna work. Just go out there and have fun. That's how I got sponsored. – Ryan Sheckler
  15. The conscious purpose of science is control of Nature; its unconscious effect is disruption and chaos. – William Irwin Thompson

Usage examples for purpose

  1. And the knight replies: " For no other purpose have I come. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  2. Warwicke's and other places, about Tangier business, but to little purpose – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. " Maybe there was purpose in it, Tom," said his wife. – Frank of Freedom Hill by Samuel A. Derieux
  4. You went on purpose to help? – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  5. That purpose was to be watched, and bought off, by you. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  6. He has a work, a life purpose he has found it, and will follow it. – The Five Great Philosophies of Life by William de Witt Hyde
  7. Now I see it all clearly; now I have a purpose in my life. – A Tar-Heel Baron by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  8. " Yes," he said, " I came on purpose – Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir by Charles Garvice
  9. All to no purpose – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  10. He went over to The Cleeve on purpose to see her; and this morning he has been talking to me about her. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  11. He must have had some purpose – The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
  12. Do you mean, you did it on purpose – Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
  13. I thought about her, thought long and hard, and to a purpose – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  14. I had written to Madame the Gardella, but to no purpose as I got no answer. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  15. I have a purpose in coming here. – The Argonauts of North Liberty by Bret Harte
  16. " I did it for a purpose he said. – The Best Psychic Stories by Various
  17. Do you s'pose he did it on purpose Bunker? – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  18. And no one was able to turn them from their purpose – Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf
  19. He is beginning to know India, because he has made it his purpose to know India. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  20. The chief spoke, and asked me if my purpose still held. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan

Rhymes for purpose

  • all-purpose;
  • multipurpose;
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