- 1The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists: the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee the building is no longer needed for its original purposeMore example sentences
motive, motivation, grounds, cause, occasion, reason, point, basis, justificationintention, aim, object, objective, goal, end, plan, scheme, target; ambition, aspirationadvantage, benefit, good, use, value, merit, worth, profitfunction, role, use
- Stalin expanded the system for the purpose of creating a massive labour pool.
- If you've made an effort, you should explain the purpose and the reason behind it.
- It was created for the purpose of promoting advancement and prosperity of our continent.
- 1.1A person’s sense of resolve or determination: there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set offMore example sentences
- We need to infuse our global leadership with a new sense of purpose and lasting resolve.
- A powerful sense of purpose and contemporary relevance drives the website.
- Learned grown-ups and leaders have to move with a sense of purpose, in a fixed direction.
- 1.2 (usually purposes) A particular requirement or consideration, typically one that is temporary or restricted in scope or extent: pensions are considered as earned income for tax purposesMore example sentences
- Access to the system is restricted to the sole purposes stated in the Regulation.
- Railways were among the first business entities to be brought within central supervision for tax purposes.
- That results in their New Zealand business being thinly capitalised for tax purposes.
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- Have as one’s intention or objective: God has allowed suffering, even purposed itMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 purposeMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French porpos, from the verb porposer, variant of proposer (see propose).