[ pur-puhs ]
/ ˈpɜr pəs /
the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
the subject in hand; the point at issue.
practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose.
verb (used with object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
to have a purpose.
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Idioms for 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
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
OTHER WORDS FROM purposepre·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
Words nearby purpose
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British Dictionary definitions for repurpose
/ (ˈpɜːpəs) /
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)
on purpose intentionally
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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Idioms and Phrases with repurpose
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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