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Related to purposely: undoubtedly, purposefully


With specific purpose.


for a definite reason; on purpose


(ˈpɜr pəs li)

1. intentionally; deliberately.
2. with the particular purpose specified; expressly.


, purposefully - Purposely means "intentionally, on purpose," while purposefully means "with a specific purpose or objective in mind."
See also related terms for objective.


1. 'purposefully'

If someone does something purposefully, they do it in a way that suggests that they have a definite purpose and a strong desire to achieve this purpose.

He strode purposefully towards the barn.
He walked purposefully out through the secretary's office.
2. 'purposely'

If someone does something purposely, they do it deliberately, rather than by accident or chance.

They are purposely withholding information.
Her voice was purposely low.
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Adv.1.purposely - with intention; in an intentional manner; "he used that word intentionally"; "I did this by choice"


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[ˈpɜːpəslɪ] ADVa propósito, adrede, expresamente
a purposely vague statementuna declaración realizada en términos vagos a propósito or adrede or expresamente


[ˈpɜːrpəsli] advdélibérément



[ˈpɜːpəslɪ] advdi proposito, apposta


(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.
References in classic literature ?
Cutter had purposely remained childless, with the determination to outlive him and to share his property with her `people,' whom he detested.
He purposely spoke in a loud voice, and every one stopped to listen.
The history of my going home, and returning with my family, forms a series of difficulties, an account of which would swell a volume, and being foreign to my purpose, I shall purposely omit them.
Each silent worshipper seemed purposely sitting apart from the other, as if each silent grief were insular and incommunicable.
I mention this circumstance, because, as if the cows and calves had been purposely locked up in this innermost fold; and as if the wide extent of the herd had hitherto prevented them from learning the precise cause of its stopping; or, possibly, being so young, unsophisticated, and every way innocent and inexperienced; however it may have been, these smaller whales --now and then visiting our becalmed boat from the margin of the lake --evinced a wondrous fearlessness and confidence, or else a still becharmed panic which it was impossible not to marvel at.
I was dazed, stupefied; I had no command over myself, I only wandered purposely about, like one out of his mind; so the soldiers took hold of me, and pulled me along with them, out of the cell and along the maze of underground corridors, and finally into the fierce glare of daylight and the upper world.
I had laid in an extra force of chaplains, purposely to be prepared for emergencies like this, but by some unaccountable oversight had come away rather short-handed in the matter of barkeepers.
He had been most agreeable, most delightful; he had told Harriet that he had seen them go by, and had purposely followed them; other little gallantries and allusions had been dropt, but nothing serious.
Twice did I leave them purposely together in the course of the last morning, and each time did he most unaccountably follow me out of the room.
All I had gathered from it amounted to this,--that there was a mystery at Thornfield; and that from participation in that mystery I was purposely excluded.
Heathcliff purposely avoids me: I have hardly seen him at all.
From that point, all the main events of the story are purposely foreshadowed before they take place -- my present design being to rouse the reader's interest in following the train of circumstances by which these foreseen events are brought about.