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Definitions of purpose

  1. To have an intention or design. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To determine; resolve; intend. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To intend or resolve; design. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To intend. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To have an intention. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. To intend; to resolve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Proposal to another; discourse. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. Instance; example. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. To set forth; to bring forward. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. 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
  18. Design; end or aim desired; settled intention; meaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. 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.
  20. Aim; intention; effect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  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. Purposeless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for purpose

  1. He is beginning to know India, because he has made it his purpose to know India. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  2. You went on purpose to help? – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
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