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Meaning & Definition of Purpose in English

English

Purpose

/pərpəs/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • 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?"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • determination
  • ,
  • purpose

verb

1. Propose or intend

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

2. Reach a decision

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

Examples of using

I don't understand the purpose of your question.
Maybe he did it on purpose.
What is the purpose of education?