Definition of purpose in English:

purpose

Syllabification: pur·pose
Pronunciation: /ˈpərpəs
 
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noun

verb

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  • Have as one’s intention or objective: God has allowed suffering, even purposed it
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    • Informal or intimate talk is purposed to establish and maintain social contacts with others, making social connections, developing and reinforcing intimate relationships.
    • This artful temple was purposed to inspire, still and deeply touch the traveller.
    • This lane is purposed to speed the transport of vehicles who were deliberate about pooling resources, and conserving time and energy.
    Synonyms
    intend, mean, aim, plan, design, have the intention; decide, resolve, determine, propose, aspire

Phrases

on purpose

Intentionally.
More example sentences
  • Technically speaking, the Bhopal tragedy was an accident, in that it was not done on purpose.
  • Does anybody realise that buses actually drive through the traffic jams or are they coming late on purpose just to annoy you?
  • Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.

to no purpose

With no result or effect; pointlessly.
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  • A retrial would not benefit him and would result in heavy costs being incurred and court time wasted to no purpose.
  • The military were left to fight it out to no purpose whatsoever.
  • Now it has to be pursued with all vigour, usually to no purpose at all.

to the purpose

Relevant or useful: you may have heard something from them that is to the purpose
More example sentences
  • At the commencement of the mission, all material relevant to the purpose of the mission should be made available to it, with the assistance of the organization concerned.
  • Information provided needs to be accurate, current, and relevant to the purpose of the magazine.
  • More emphasis should be placed on describing interventions that are particularly relevant to the purpose of the case report.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French porpos, from the verb porposer, variant of proposer (see propose).

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