purpose meaning

[ 'pə:pəs ] Pronunciation:   "purpose" in a sentence
Noun: purpose  purpus
  1. An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    - intent, intention, aim, design 
  2. What something is used for
    - function, role, use 
  3. The quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
    "he is a man of purpose"
    - determination
Verb: purpose  purpus
  1. Propose or intend
    - aim, purport, propose 
  2. Reach a decision
    - resolve

Derived forms: purposed, purposes, purposing

See also: functional, nonfunctional

Type of: decide, determine, end, firmness, firmness of purpose, goal, intend, make up one's mind, mean, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, think, usefulness, utility

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  1. the captain stormed, but to no purpose.
  2. a thermostatic bath is used for this purpose.
  3. this is our purpose and our pledge.
  4. i 'm sorry, i did n't do it on purpose.
  5. she seems to do these things on purpose.

Related Words

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  8. purpose statement meaning
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