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Meaning & Definition of Purpose in English





1. An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

  • "His intent was to provide a new translation"
  • "Good intentions are not enough"
  • "It was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"
  • "He made no secret of his designs"
  • purpose,
  • intent,
  • intention,
  • aim,
  • design

2. What something is used for

  • "The function of an auger is to bore holes"
  • "Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
  • function,
  • purpose,
  • role,
  • use

3. The quality of being determined to do or achieve something

  • Firmness of purpose
  • "His determination showed in his every movement"
  • "He is a man of purpose"
  • determination,
  • purpose


1. Propose or intend

  • "I aim to arrive at noon"
  • aim,
  • purpose,
  • purport,
  • propose

2. Reach a decision

  • "He resolved never to drink again"
  • purpose,
  • resolve

Examples of using

He never opens his mouth without a purpose of complaining about something.
Every function should have comments describing its purpose in order to avoid confusions.
I left my coat at home on purpose.