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. To determine on some end or object to be accomplished; to resolve; to intend.

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