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purpose

[pur-puh s] /ˈpɜr pəs/
noun
1.
the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2.
an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
3.
determination; resoluteness.
4.
the subject in hand; the point at issue.
5.
practical result, effect, or advantage:
to act to good purpose.
verb (used with object), purposed, purposing.
6.
to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.
7.
to intend; design.
8.
to resolve (to do something):
He purposed to change his way of life radically.
verb (used without object), purposed, purposing.
9.
to have a purpose.
Idioms
10.
on purpose, by design; intentionally:
How could you do such a thing on purpose?
11.
to the purpose, relevant; to the point:
Her objections were not to the purpose.
Origin of purpose
1250-1300
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English purpos < Old French, derivative of purposer, variant of proposer to propose; (v.) Middle English purposen < Anglo-French, Old French purposer
Related forms
prepurpose, verb (used with object), prepurposed, prepurposing.
repurpose, verb (used with object), repurposed, repurposing.
unpurposed, adjective
unpurposing, adjective
Synonyms
1. object, point, rationale. See intention. 7. mean, contemplate, plan.
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  • My tone was purposed insolence; I met his look with bravado.

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  • Further, it lent a reasonable justification for his purposed act.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • It was a purposed and deliberate communication of His secret of Happiness.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • She divined what he purposed to do, and she refused to go with him.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • After all persuasions had failed, we had tried threats: the thing he purposed to do was illegal.

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  • God had shown him this mercy as a sign that what he purposed to do ought to be done.

  • This was the sensation the great man had doubtless not purposed.

  • It was here, then, that he purposed establishing his first trapping trail.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • It would not be a permanent departure, and he purposed to return to Louvain.

  • He spoke with a purposed sternness, but with something of a heartache, too.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for purposed

purpose

/ˈpɜːpəs/
noun
1.
the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists
2.
a fixed design, outcome, or idea that is the object of an action or other effort
3.
fixed intention in doing something; determination: a man of purpose
4.
practical advantage or use: to work to good purpose
5.
that which is relevant or under consideration (esp in the phrase to or from the purpose)
6.
(archaic) purport
7.
on purpose, intentionally
verb (transitive)
8.
to intend or determine to do (something)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French porpos, from porposer to plan, from Latin prōpōnere to propose
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Word Origin and History for purposed

purpose

n.

c.1300, "intention, aim, goal," from Anglo-French purpos, Old French porpos "aim, intention" (12c.), from porposer "to put forth," from por- "forth" (from Latin pro- "forth;" see pur-) + Old French poser "to put, place" (see pose (v.1)). On purpose "by design" is attested from 1580s; earlier of purpose (early 15c.).

purpose

v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French purposer "to design," Old French porposer "to intend, propose," variant of proposer (see propose).

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