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    purpose - Dictionary definition and meaning for word purpose

    (noun) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    Synonyms : aim , design , intent , intention
    Example Sentence
    • 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
    (noun) what something is used for
    Synonyms : function , role , use
    Example Sentence
    • the function of an auger is to bore holes
    • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?
    (noun) the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
    Synonyms : determination
    Example Sentence
    • his determination showed in his every movement
    • he is a man of purpose
    (verb) propose or intend
    Synonyms : aim , propose , purport
    Example Sentence
    • I aim to arrive at noon
    (verb) reach a decision
    Synonyms : resolve
    Example Sentence
    • he resolved never to drink again
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