purpose

[ pur-puhs ]
/ ˈpɜr pəs /
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noun

verb (used with object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.

verb (used without object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.

to have a purpose.

Nearby words

  1. purpleheart,
  2. purplish,
  3. purport,
  4. purported,
  5. purportedly,
  6. purpose-built,
  7. purposeful,
  8. purposeless,
  9. purposely,
  10. purposive

Idioms

    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

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

SYNONYMS FOR purpose
1. object, point, rationale. See intention. 7. mean, contemplate, plan.

Related formspre·pur·pose, verb (used with object), pre·pur·posed, pre·pur·pos·ing.re·pur·pose, verb (used with object), re·pur·posed, re·pur·pos·ing.un·pur·posed, adjectiveun·pur·pos·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for purposing

purpose

/ (ˈpɜːpəs) /

noun

verb (tr)

to intend or determine to do (something)

Word Origin for purpose

C13: from Old French porpos, from porposer to plan, from Latin prōpōnere to propose

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Word Origin and History for purposing
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Idioms and Phrases with purposing

purpose

see at cross purposes; for all intents and purposes; on purpose; serve a purpose; to good purpose; to little or no purpose.

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