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multipurpose

[muhl-tee-pur-puh s, muhl-tahy-]
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  1. able to be used for several purposes: a multipurpose lawn spray.

Origin of multipurpose

First recorded in 1930–35; multi- + purpose
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multipurpose

adjective
  1. able to be used for many purposesa multipurpose gadget
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Word Origin and History for multipurpose

adj.

also multi-purpose, 1935, from multi- + purpose (n.).

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