- the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
- an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
- determination; resoluteness.
- the subject in hand; the point at issue.
- practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.
- to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.
- to intend; design.
- to resolve (to do something): He purposed to change his way of life radically.
- to have a purpose.
- on purpose, by design; intentionally: How could you do such a thing on purpose?
- to the purpose, relevant; to the point: Her objections were not to the purpose.
Origin of purpose
Synonyms for purposeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for purposedponder, resolve, decide, conclude, pursue, propose, mind, aim, contemplate, meditate, design, plan, determine, aspire, commit, consider, mean
Examples from the Web for purposed
Historical Examples of purposed
My tone was purposed insolence; I met his look with bravado.The Bacillus of Beauty
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
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.Lotus Buds
- the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists
- a fixed design, outcome, or idea that is the object of an action or other effort
- fixed intention in doing something; determinationa man of purpose
- practical advantage or useto work to good purpose
- that which is relevant or under consideration (esp in the phrase to or from the purpose)
- archaic purport
- on purpose intentionally
- to intend or determine to do (something)
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.