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pur·pose

 (pûr′pəs)
n.
1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal: Her purpose in coming here is to talk to you. The purpose of an airliner is to transport people. See Synonyms at intention.
2. Determination; resolution: He was a man of purpose.
tr.v. pur·posed, pur·pos·ing, pur·pos·es
To intend or resolve: "the gap between what is said and what is purposed" (Ian Donaldson).
Idioms:
on purpose
Intentionally; deliberately.
to good purpose
With good results.
to little/no purpose
With few or no results.

[Middle English purpos, from Anglo-Norman, from purposer, to intend : pur-, forth (from Latin prō-; see pro-1) + poser, to put; see pose1.]

purpose

(ˈpɜːpəs)
n
1. the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists
2. a fixed design, outcome, or idea that is the object of an action or other effort
3. fixed intention in doing something; determination: a man of purpose.
4. practical advantage or use: to work to good purpose.
5. that which is relevant or under consideration (esp in the phrase to or from the purpose)
6. archaic purport
7. on purpose intentionally
vb (tr)
to intend or determine to do (something)
[C13: from Old French porpos, from porposer to plan, from Latin prōpōnere to propose]

pur•pose

(ˈpɜr pəs)

n., v. -posed, -pos•ing. n.
1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, etc.
2. an intended or desired result; aim; goal.
3. determination; resoluteness.
4. the subject in hand; point at issue.
5. practical result or effect: to act to good purpose.
v.t.
6. to intend; design; resolve.
v.i.
7. to have a purpose.
Idioms:
1. on purpose, intentionally.
2. to the purpose, to the point; relevant.
[1250–1300; (n.) Middle English purpos < Old French, derivative of purposer, variant of proposer to propose; (v.) Middle English purposen < Anglo-French, Old French purposer]

purpose


Past participle: purposed
Gerund: purposing

Imperative
purpose
purpose
Present
I purpose
you purpose
he/she/it purposes
we purpose
you purpose
they purpose
Preterite
I purposed
you purposed
he/she/it purposed
we purposed
you purposed
they purposed
Present Continuous
I am purposing
you are purposing
he/she/it is purposing
we are purposing
you are purposing
they are purposing
Present Perfect
I have purposed
you have purposed
he/she/it has purposed
we have purposed
you have purposed
they have purposed
Past Continuous
I was purposing
you were purposing
he/she/it was purposing
we were purposing
you were purposing
they were purposing
Past Perfect
I had purposed
you had purposed
he/she/it had purposed
we had purposed
you had purposed
they had purposed
Future
I will purpose
you will purpose
he/she/it will purpose
we will purpose
you will purpose
they will purpose
Future Perfect
I will have purposed
you will have purposed
he/she/it will have purposed
we will have purposed
you will have purposed
they will have purposed
Future Continuous
I will be purposing
you will be purposing
he/she/it will be purposing
we will be purposing
you will be purposing
they will be purposing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been purposing
you have been purposing
he/she/it has been purposing
we have been purposing
you have been purposing
they have been purposing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been purposing
you will have been purposing
he/she/it will have been purposing
we will have been purposing
you will have been purposing
they will have been purposing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been purposing
you had been purposing
he/she/it had been purposing
we had been purposing
you had been purposing
they had been purposing
Conditional
I would purpose
you would purpose
he/she/it would purpose
we would purpose
you would purpose
they would purpose
Past Conditional
I would have purposed
you would have purposed
he/she/it would have purposed
we would have purposed
you would have purposed
they would have purposed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purpose - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actionspurpose - 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"
goal, end - the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means"
idea, mind - your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
cross-purpose - a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"
final cause - (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
sake - the purpose of achieving or obtaining; "for the sake of argument"
view - purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'; "he took the computer with a view to pawning it"
will - a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; "where there's a will there's a way"
2.purpose - what something is used forpurpose - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
usefulness, utility - the quality of being of practical use
raison d'etre - the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
3.purpose - the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"
firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, resolution - the trait of being resolute; "his resoluteness carried him through the battle"; "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"
industriousness, diligence, industry - persevering determination to perform a task; "his diligence won him quick promotions"; "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"
Verb1.purpose - propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
intend, mean, think - have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"
2.purpose - reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
decide, make up one's mind, determine - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

purpose

noun
1. reason, point, idea, goal, grounds, design, aim, basis, principle, function, object, intention, objective, motive, motivation, justification, impetus, the why and wherefore The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for charity.
2. aim, end, plan, hope, view, goal, design, project, target, wish, scheme, desire, object, intention, objective, ambition, aspiration, Holy Grail (informal) They are prepared to go to any lengths to achieve their purpose.
4. use, good, return, result, effect, value, benefit, profit, worth, gain, advantage, outcome, utility, merit, mileage (informal), avail, behoof (archaic) Talking about it will serve no purpose.
on purpose deliberately, purposely, consciously, intentionally, knowingly, wilfully, by design, wittingly, calculatedly, designedly Was it an accident, or did she do it on purpose?

purpose

noun
1. The proper activity of a person or thing:
2. What one intends to do or achieve:
Idioms: end in view, why and wherefore.
verb
To have in mind as a goal or purpose:
Regional: mind.
Translations
عَزْم، تَصْميمغَرَضقَصْد، هَدَفوَظيفَة، غَرَض
účelfunkcerozhodnostsmysl
formålgrundintentionmålmening
tarkoitus
svrha
szándék
hlutverkstefnufesta, ákveînitilgangur
目的
목적
paskirtisspecialiai pastatytas
mērķismērķtiecībanolūkspielietojums
scop
účel
namennamenoma
syfte
วัตถุประสงค์
mục đích

purpose

[ˈpɜːpəs]
A. N
1. (= intention) → propósito m, objetivo m
we all shared a common purposetodos teníamos el mismo propósito or objetivo
she has a purpose in lifetiene un objetivo or una meta or un norte en la vida
what was your purpose in going?¿con qué intención fuiste?
"purpose of visit" (on official form) → motivo m del viaje
I put that there for a purposehe puesto eso ahí a propósito or por una razón
this is good enough for our purposesesto sirve para nuestros fines
he exploited her talent for his own purposesexplotó su talento en beneficio propio
for all practical purposesen la práctica
for the purposes of this meetingpara los fines de esta reunión
for the purpose of doing sthcon el fin de hacer algo
on purposea propósito, adrede
with the purpose ofcon el fin de
see also intent B
2. (= use) → uso m, utilidad f
what is the purpose of this tool?¿qué uso or utilidad tiene esta herramienta?
it wasn't designed for this purposeno se diseñó para este fin or uso
to good purposeprovechosamente
it was all to no purposetodo fue inútil or en vano
you can adapt it to your own purposeslo puede adaptar a sus necesidades
it serves no useful purposeno tiene uso práctico, no tiene utilidad práctica
see also serve A2
3. (= determination) → resolución f, determinación f
to have a sense of purposetener un rumbo en la vida
he has no sense of purposeno tiene rumbo en la vida
she has great strength of purposetiene muchísima resolución or determinación, es muy resuelta
see also infirm
B. VT (o.f.) to purpose doing sth/to do sthproponerse or planear hacer algo

purpose

[ˈpɜːrpəs] n
(= aim) → but m
What is the purpose of these changes? → Quel est le but de ces changements?
his purpose in life → son but dans la vie
for this purpose → à cette intention
We only went there for that purpose → Nous n'y sommes allés qu'à cette intention.
It's not meant for that purpose
BUT Ce n'est pas fait pour ça.
for medicinal purposes → dans un but médicinal
for military purposes → dans un but militaire
for propaganda purposes → dans un but de propagande
for illustrative purposes → à titre d'illustration
for teaching purposes → dans un but pédagogique
for the purposes of this meeting → pour les besoins de cette réunion
to no purpose → en pure perte
to all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes (= in effect) → pour ainsi dire
on purpose advexprès
He did it on purpose → Il l'a fait exprès.
(= direction, determination) (in life) a sense of purpose → une motivationpurpose-built [ˌpɜːrpəsˈbɪlt] adjspécialement construit(e), ad hoc

purpose

n
(= intention)Absicht f; (= result aimed at, set goal)Zweck m; on purposemit Absicht, absichtlich; what was your purpose in doing this?was haben Sie damit beabsichtigt?, was war Ihre Absicht dabei?; he did it for or with the purpose of improving his imageer tat es in der Absicht or mit dem Ziel, sein Image zu verbessern; he’s a man with a purpose in lifeer ist ein Mensch mit einem Lebensziel; a novel with a purposeein Roman, der einen Zweck erfüllen soll; to answer or serve somebody’s purpose(s)jds Zweck(en) entsprechen or dienen; his activities seem to lack purposeseine Aktivitäten scheinen nicht zweckgerichtet zu sein; for our purposesfür unsere Zwecke; for the purposes of this meetingzum Zweck dieser Konferenz; for all practical purposesin der Praxis; to the purposerelevant; to some/good/little purposemit einigem/gutem/wenig Erfolg; to no purposeohne Erfolg
no pl (= resolution, determination)Entschlossenheit f; strength of purposeEntschlusskraft f, → Entschlossenheit f; sense of purposeZielbewusstsein nt; (of nation)Ziel nt, → Zielvorstellungen pl; to have a sense of purposezielbewusst sein; to have no sense of purposekein Zielbewusstsein or kein Ziel haben
vt (liter)beabsichtigen; to purpose to do somethingetw zu tun gedenken

purpose

[ˈpɜːpəs] n
a. (intention) → scopo, intenzione f; (use) → uso
she has a purpose in life → ha uno scopo nella vita
for our purposes → per i nostri scopi
for teaching purposes → per l'insegnamento
for the purposes of this meeting → agli effetti di questa riunione
for all practical purposes → a tutti gli effetti pratici, in pratica
on purpose → di proposito, apposta
for illustrative purposes → a titolo illustrativo
to the purpose → a proposito, pertinente
with the purpose of → con il proposito di
to some purpose → con qualche risultato
to no purpose → senza nessun risultato, inutilmente
to good purpose → con buoni risultati
b. (resolution, determination) sense of purposerisolutezza

purpose

(ˈpəːpəs) noun
1. the reason for doing something; the aim to which an action etc is directed. What is the purpose of your visit?
2. the use or function of an object. The purpose of this lever is to stop the machine in an emergency.
3. determination. a man of purpose.
purposeful adjective
having a definite purpose. with a purposeful look on his face.
ˈpurposefully adverb
ˈpurposeless adjective
having no purpose. purposeless destruction.
ˈpurposely adverb
intentionally. He did it purposely to attract my attention.
ˌpurpose-ˈbuilt adjective
made or built for a particular need or purpose. People who use wheelchairs sometimes live in purpose-built houses.
on purpose
intentionally. Did you break the cup on purpose?
serve a purpose
to be useful in some way.
to no purpose
with no useful results.

purpose

غَرَض účel formål Zweck σκοπός propósito tarkoitus but svrha scopo 目的 목적 doel formål cel propósito цель syfte วัตถุประสงค์ amaç mục đích 目的

purpose

n. propósito, intención.
References in classic literature ?
It was one of the kind artists use to hold the paper on their drawing boards, therefore quite appropriate and effective for the purpose it was now being put.
The car- penter, who had been a soldier in the Civil War, came into the writer's room and sat down to talk of building a platform for the purpose of raising the bed.
So I have been working out a sort of modified gyroscope, and it seems to answer the purpose.
He was walking slowly, dragging his feet along as if he had no purpose.
It took Victor some little time to comprehend that she had come in Beaudelet's lugger, that she had come alone, and for no purpose but to rest.
he said, in a voice as remarkable for the softness and sweetness of its tones, as was his person for its rare proportions; "I may speak of these things, and be no braggart; for I have been down at both havens; that which is situate at the mouth of Thames, and is named after the capital of Old England, and that which is called 'Haven', with the addition of the word'New'; and have seen the scows and brigantines collecting their droves, like the gathering to the ark, being outward bound to the Island of Jamaica, for the purpose of barter and traffic in four-footed animals; but never before have I beheld a beast which verified the true scripture war-horse like this: 'He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth on to meet the armed men.
But when there is good in a man, I, personally, want to know it, and when gentlemen like yourself, of your standing in this city, come here to speak a good word for a man, we would stultify the purpose of justice if we did not listen.
During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds Sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.
You might as well be perspiring to some purpose over there as gaspin' under this tree.
Colonel Pyncheon, the claimant, as we gather from whatever traits of him are preserved, was characterized by an iron energy of purpose.
Having impulsively, it is probable, and perhaps somewhat prematurely revealed the prime but private purpose of the Pequod's voyage, Ahab was now entirely conscious that, in so doing, he had indirectly laid himself open to the unanswerable charge of usurpation; and with perfect impunity, both moral and legal, his crew if so disposed, and to that end competent, could refuse all further obedience to him, and even violently wrest from him the command.
The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little con- sequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condi- tion of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a grati- fication of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for by this cunning arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father.