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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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  • Then, if he had done that, he had told Peggy to her face how he was purposing to desert her!

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • If madame was not purposing to wear it very long, it might be lightened the sooner.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • And she looked at Isaac, as if purposing to go to Pongaudin.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • He was very unhappy, because he knew that he was purposing wrong.

    The Runaway Unknown
  • Why should any one put you in prison for such a work as you are purposing to carry on?

    Working in the Shade Theodore P Wilson
  • But, Heaven love you, Mr. Mertoun, think what you are purposing.

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott
  • I understand he is purposing to draw yet stricter the reins of discipline.

    Agnes of Sorrento Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • How should he, purposing as he did to be in London at the time?

  • These, therefore, the daughters of Danas took, purposing to obey their father.

  • In 1877 he entered the plea of old age and resigned, purposing a visit to California.

    Fifty Notable Years John G. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for purposing

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 purposing

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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