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Definitions of purpose

  1. propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Proposal to another; discourse. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Instance; example. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. To set forth; to bring forward. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. To have an intention. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Design; end or aim desired; settled intention; meaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To intend or resolve; design. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Purposeless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Purposely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. That which a person sets before himself as an end: aim: intention: effect. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. To intend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Aim; intention; effect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. To determine; resolve; intend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A plan intended to be carried out; design; settled resolution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. End or aim in view; intention; design; effect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To intend; to resolve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To have an intention or design. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Design; intention; end or aim desired. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. To determine on some end or object to be accomplished; to resolve; to intend. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. pur'pos, n. idea or aim kept before the mind as the end of effort: aim, intention: effect: (Spens.) conversation: (pl.) a sort of conversational game.--OF, or ON, PURPOSE, with design, intentionally; TO THE PURPOSE, to the point, or material to the question. [O. Fr. pourpos, propos--L. propositum, a thing intended--pro, forward, pon[)e]re, positum, to place.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  28. pur'pos, v.t. to intend (often followed by an infinitive or participial clause as its object).--v.i. to have an intention: (Spens.) to discourse.--adj. PUR'POSEFUL, having an object: full of meaning.--adv. PUR'POSEFULLY.--n. PUR'POSEFULNESS.--adj. PUR'POSELESS, without purpose or effect: aimless.--adv. PUR'POSELESSLY.--n. PUR'POSELESSNESS.--adj. PUR'POSE-LIKE, having a definite purpose: having the appearance of being fit for a purpose.--adv. PUR'POSELY, with purpose: intentionally.--n. PUR'POSER.--adj. PUR'POSIVE, having an aim: (biol.) functional.--n. PUR'POSIVENESS. [O. Fr. purposer, form of proposer, influenced by Fr. propos.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Object, thing intended, as could not effect my p., this will answer (or serve) our (or the) p., what was the p. of this law?; fact, faculty, of resolving on something, as honesty of p., is wanting in p.; novel with a p., p.-novel, (written to defend some doctrine &c.); on p., in order (to do, that), (abs.) designedly, not by accident, whence purposely adv.; to the p., relevant, useful for one\'s p.; to little, some, no, p., with such result or effect. Hence purposeful, purposeless, aa., purposefully, purposelessly, advv., purposefulness, purposelessness, nn. [Anglo-French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Design, intend, as Ip. (arranging or to arrange) an interview, p. that an interview shall be arranged; (archaic) am purposed, intend (to do, doing, that). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. n. [French, Latin] Object to be reached or accomplished; end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan ;-design ; intention ;- effect ; consequence. Cabinet Dictionary

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