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Purpose

Pur´pose
n.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.
As my eternal purpose hath decreed.
- Milton.
2.Proposal to another; discourse.
3.Instance; example.
In purpose
with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.
v. t.1.To set forth; to bring forward.
[imp. & p. p. Purposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purposing.]
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.
Did nothing purpose against the state.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
Noun1.Purposepurpose - 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"
Synonyms: aim, intent, intention, design
2.purpose - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
Synonyms: function, role, use
3.purpose - the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"
Synonyms: determination
Verb1.purpose - propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
Synonyms: aim, purport, propose
2.purpose - reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
Synonyms: resolve
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