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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 an intention.
  12. Design; end or aim desired; settled intention; meaning.
  13. To intend or resolve; design.
  14. Purposeless.
  15. Purposely.
  16. That which a person sets before himself as an end: aim: intention: effect.
  17. To intend.
  18. Aim; intention; effect.
  19. To determine; resolve; intend.
  20. A plan intended to be carried out; design; settled resolution.
  21. End or aim in view; intention; design; effect.
  22. To intend; to resolve.
  23. To have an intention or design.
  24. To determine on some end or object to be accomplished; to resolve; to intend.

Usage examples for purpose

  1. He is beginning to know India, because he has made it his purpose to know India. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  2. You went on purpose to help? – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  3. 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 – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. And no one was able to turn them from their purpose. – Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf
  7. The chief spoke, and asked me if my purpose still held. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  8. I thought about her, thought long and hard, and to a purpose. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  9. All to no purpose. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  10. " Maybe there was purpose in it, Tom," said his wife. – Frank of Freedom Hill by Samuel A. Derieux
  11. Do you s'pose he did it on purpose, Bunker? – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  12. He must have had some purpose. – The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
  13. " I did it for a purpose," he said. – The Best Psychic Stories by Various
  14. That purpose was to be watched, and bought off, by you. – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  15. Do you mean, you did it on purpose? – Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
  16. 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
  17. I have a purpose in coming here. – The Argonauts of North Liberty by Bret Harte
  18. Now I see it all clearly; now I have a purpose in my life. – A Tar-Heel Baron by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  19. And the knight replies: " For no other purpose have I come. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
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