What is the meaning of purpose?


  • An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.
    • usage: "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"
  • What something is used for.
    • usage: "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it"
  • The quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose.
    • usage: "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"


  • Propose or intend.
    • usage: "I aim to arrive at noon"
  • Reach a decision.
    • usage: "he resolved never to drink again"
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APAWordNet. (2010). purpose. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/purpose/definitions/1214813
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "purpose" http://smartdefine.org/purpose/definitions/1214813 (accessed February 16, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, purpose, Smart Define, viewed 16 February, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/purpose/definitions/1214813>.
MLAWordNet. "purpose" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/purpose/definitions/1214813>
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