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4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purpose \Pur"pose\, verb (used without an object) To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purpose \Pur"pose\, noun [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum. See {Propound}.]

1. 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.

He will his firste purpos modify. --Chaucer.

As my eternal purpose hath decreed. -- Milton.

The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the deed go with it. --Shak.

2. Proposal to another; discourse. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. Instance; example. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

{In purpose}, {Of purpose}, {On purpose}, with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.

Syn: design; end; intention; aim. See {Design}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Purpose \Pur"pose\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Purposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Purposing}.] [OF. purposer, proposer. See {Propose}.]

1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.]

2. 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. --Chaucer.

Did nothing purpose against the state. -- Shak.

I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time which is within the memory of men still living. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs" [syn: {purpose}, {intent}, {intention}, {aim}, {design}]

2: what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?" [syn: {function}, {purpose}, {role}, {use}]

3: the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose" [syn: {determination}, {purpose}]


1: propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: {aim}, {purpose}, {purport}, {propose}]

2: reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again" [syn: {purpose}, {resolve}]

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