Definitions of purpose

  1. To have an intention or design.
  2. To determine; resolve; intend.
  3. To intend or resolve; design.
  4. To intend.
  5. To have an intention.
  6. propose or intend; " I aim to arrive at noon"
  7. reach a decision; " he resolved never to drink again"
  8. To intend; to resolve.
  9. To determine on some end or object to be accomplished; to resolve; to intend.
  10. what something is used for; " the function of an auger is to bore holes"; " ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Proposal to another; discourse.
  14. Instance; example.
  15. To set forth; to bring forward.
  16. 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.
  17. Design; end or aim desired; settled intention; meaning.
  18. That which a person sets before himself as an end: aim: intention: effect.
  19. Aim; intention; effect.
  20. A plan intended to be carried out; design; settled resolution.
  21. End or aim in view; intention; design; effect.
  22. Purposeless.