- 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 purpose
Related Words for purposingfunction, desire, direction, goal, determination, wish, aspiration, view, idea, project, reason, intent, principle, ambition, objective, scope, scheme, target, plan, faith
Examples from the Web for purposing
Historical Examples of purposing
Then, if he had done that, he had told Peggy to her face how he was purposing to desert her!Murder Point
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
He was very unhappy, because he knew that he was purposing wrong.The Runaway
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
- 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
Word Origin and History for purposing
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).
Idioms and Phrases with purposing
see at cross purposes; for all intents and purposes; on purpose; serve a purpose; to good purpose; to little or no purpose.