verb (used with object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
verb (used without object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
Origin of purpose
Examples from the Web for purpose
By setting no goals, the player must find their own purpose.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But Seligman never imagined how Mitchell might put the concept to work, in part because it was so ill-suited to that purpose.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are gathered for one reason and one reason alone—to raise money to help fulfill that dream and that purpose.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the downsides of landfills is that it is difficult to do anything with them once they have served their purpose.
Its purpose is to answer one question: Is there enough evidence to warrant a trial?Awaiting the Grand Jury, Dread in Ferguson and America|Gene Robinson|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mr. Jenner, if I may, I would like to say something for the purpose of the record.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Meredith constructs a type-man as a hero, and makes this type express his purpose and meaning.English Literature|William J. Long
No, Pre Flix had not known, but he certainly did come on purpose and on purpose he meant to stay.A Tatter of Scarlet|S. R. Crockett
The expedition dispatched for the purpose of exploring the Colorado River has reached a point thirty miles from its mouth.
"I assure you that maman's doing it on purpose," Liza thought necessary to explain to Shatov.The Possessed|Fyodor Dostoevsky
Word Origin for purpose
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.).
late 14c., from Anglo-French purposer "to design," Old French porposer "to intend, propose," variant of proposer (see propose).
see at cross purposes; for all intents and purposes; on purpose; serve a purpose; to good purpose; to little or no purpose.