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PURPOSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does purpose mean? 

PURPOSE (noun)
  The noun PURPOSE has 3 senses:

1. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
2. what something is used for
3. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something

  Familiarity information: PURPOSE used as a noun is uncommon.


PURPOSE (verb)
  The verb PURPOSE has 2 senses:

1. propose or intend
2. reach a decision

  Familiarity information: PURPOSE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PURPOSE (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

purpose; intention; intent; aim; design

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("purpose" is a kind of...):

end; goal (the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "purpose"):

view (purpose; the phrase 'with a view to' means 'with the intention of' or 'for the purpose of')

sake (the purpose of achieving or obtaining)

final cause ((philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process)

cross-purpose (a contrary aim)

idea; mind (your intention; what you intend to do)

will (a fixed and persistent intent or purpose)


Sense 2purpose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

What something is used for

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

function; purpose; role; use

Context examples:

the function of an auger is to bore holes / ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Hypernyms ("purpose" is a kind of...):

usefulness; utility (the quality of being of practical use)

Attribute:

functional (designed for or capable of a particular function or use)

nonfunctional (not having or performing a function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "purpose"):

raison d'etre (the purpose that justifies a thing's existence)


Sense 3purpose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being determined to do or achieve something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

determination; purpose

Context examples:

his determination showed in his every movement / he is a man of purpose

Hypernyms ("purpose" is a kind of...):

firmness; firmness of purpose; resoluteness; resolution; resolve (the trait of being resolute)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "purpose"):

doggedness; perseverance; persistence; persistency; pertinacity; tenaciousness; tenacity (persistent determination)

indefatigability; indefatigableness; tirelessness (tireless determination)

diligence; industriousness; industry (persevering determination to perform a task)


PURPOSE (verb)


Sense 1purpose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Propose or intend

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

purpose; aim; purport; propose

Context example:

I aim to arrive at noon

Hypernyms (to "purpose" is one way to...):

intend; mean; think (have in mind as a purpose)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 2purpose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach a decision

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

purpose; resolve

Context example:

he resolved never to drink again

Hypernyms (to "purpose" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


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