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Meaning of PURPOSE

Pronunciation:  'purpus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"
  2. [n]  what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [v]  reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
  5. [v]  propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"

PURPOSE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: aim, aim, design, determination, function, intent, intention, propose, purport, resolve, role, use
 See Also: cross-purpose, decide, determine, diligence, doggedness, end, firmness, goal, idea, indefatigability, indefatigableness, industriousness, industry, intend, make up one's mind, mean, mind, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, raison d'etre, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, sake, tenaciousness, tenacity, think, tirelessness, usefulness, utility, view, will



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pur"pose\, n. [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L.
    propositum. See {Propound}.]
    1. 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.
             He will his firste purpos modify.     --Chaucer.
             As my eternal purpose hath decreed.   -- Milton.
             The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the
             deed go with it.                      --Shak.
    2. Proposal to another; discourse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    3. Instance; example. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
    {In purpose}, {Of purpose}, {On purpose}, with previous
       design; with the mind directed to that object;
       intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.
    Syn: design; end; intention; aim. See {Design}.
  2. \Pur"pose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purposed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Purposing}.] [OF. purposer, proposer. See {Propose}.]
    1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.]
    2. 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. --Chaucer.
             Did nothing purpose against the state. -- Shak.
             I purpose to write the history of England from the
             accession of King James the Second down to a time
             which is within the memory of men still living.
  3. \Pur"pose\, v. i.
    To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.]