from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal: "And ever those, who would enjoyment gain/Must find it in the purpose they pursue” ( Sarah Josepha Hale).
- n. A result or effect that is intended or desired; an intention. See Synonyms at intention.
- n. Determination; resolution: He was a man of purpose.
- n. The matter at hand; the point at issue.
- transitive v. To intend or resolve to perform or accomplish.
- idiom on purpose Intentionally; deliberately.
- idiom to good purpose With good results.
- idiom little With few or no results.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
- n. A result that is desired; an intention.
- n. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
- n. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
- n. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
- v. Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
- v. (passive) Designed for some purpose.
- v. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Proposal to another; discourse.
- n. Instance; example.
- transitive v. To set forth; to bring forward.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To propose; intend; design; mean: generally with an infinitive.
- To resolve; determine, or determine on.
- Synonyms To mean, meditate.
- To have intention or design; intend; mean.
- To discourse.
- n. A thing proposed or intended; an object to be kept in view or subserved in any operation or course of action; end proposed; aim.
- n. Proposition; proposal; point to be considered or acted upon.
- n. Hence Intended or desired effect; practical advantage or result; use; subject or matter in hand; question at issue: as, to speak to the purpose.
- n. Intention; design; resolve; resolution; determination.
- n. Import; meaning: purport; intent.
- n. Discourse; conversation.
- n. Instance; example.
- n. plural A sort of conversational game. Compare cross-purpose, 2.
- n. A dance resembling a cotillion, a characteristic feature of which was the introduction of confidential or coquettish conversation.
- n. In biology, the result which a structure tends to secure, without any reference to an intelligent agent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
- v. propose or intend
- v. reach a decision
- n. what something is used for
- n. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
Middle English purpos, from Anglo-Norman, from purposer, to intend : pur-, forth (from Latin prō-; see pro-1) + poser, to put; see pose1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer ("to propose"), from Latin prō ("forth") + pausāre, present active infinitive of pausō ("halt, cease, pause"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer ("to propose") (Wiktionary)