purpose

  • 1 Purpose — is the cognitive awareness in cause and effect linking for achieving a goal in a given system, whether human or machine. Its most general sense is the anticipated result which guides decision making in choosing appropriate actions within a range… …

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  • 2 purpose — UK US /ˈpɜːpəs/ noun ► [C] the reason for doing something or the reason that something exists: sb s purpose in doing sth »My purpose in calling this meeting was to remind everyone of some basic rules. with/for the purpose of (doing) sth »He… …

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  • 3 Purpose — Pur pose, n. [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum. See {Propound}.] 1. That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure, or exertion;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 purpose — [pʉr′pəs] vt., vi. purposed, purposing [ME purposen < OFr porposer, var. of proposer: see PROPOSE] to intend, resolve, or plan n. [ME < OFr porpos] 1. something one intends to get or do; intention; aim 2. resolution; determination …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 purpose — pur·pose / pər pəs/ n: an objective, effect, or result aimed at or attained; specif: the business activity in which a corporation is chartered to engage pur·pose·ful / fəl/ adj pur·pose·ful·ly adv pur·pose·ful·ness n Merriam Webster’s Dicti …

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  • 6 purpose — [n1] intention, meaning, aim ambition, animus, aspiration, big idea*, bourn, calculation, design, desire, destination, determination, direction, dream, drift, end, expectation, function, goal, hope, idea, intendment, intent, mecca, mission,… …

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  • 7 Purpose — Pur pose, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Purposing}.] [OF. purposer, proposer. See {Propose}.] 1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To propose, as an aim, to one s self; to determine upon, as some end or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 purpose — late 13c., from O.Fr. porpos aim, intention (12c.), from porposer to put forth, from por forth (from L. pro forth ) + O.Fr. poser to put, place (see POSE (Cf. pose)). On purpose by design is attested from 1580s; earlier of purpose …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 purpose — ► NOUN 1) the reason for which something is done or for which something exists. 2) resolve or determination. ► VERB formal ▪ have as one s objective. ● on purpose Cf. ↑on purpose ORIGIN …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Purpose — Pur pose, v. i. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 purpose — n *intention, intent, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal Analogous words: *ambition, aspiration: proposition, *proposal: *plan, project, scheme purpose vb propose, design, *intend, mean Anal …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 purpose — pur|pose W3S1 [ˈpə:pəs US ˈpə:r ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1 2 purposes 3 4 on purpose 5¦(feeling)¦ 6 for all practical purposes 7 serve its purpose 8 defeat the purpose 9 to no purpose 10 to the purpose …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 purpose — noun 1 aim/function ADJECTIVE ▪ limited ▪ chief, main, primary, prime, principal ▪ true ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 purpose */*/*/ — UK [ˈpɜː(r)pəs] / US [ˈpɜrpəs] noun Word forms purpose : singular purpose plural purposes 1) [countable] the aim that someone wants to achieve, or that something is intended to achieve I use my boat mainly for leisure purposes. purpose of: The… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 purpose — pur|pose1 [ pɜrpəs ] noun *** 1. ) count the goal that someone wants to achieve, or that something is intended to achieve: I use my boat mainly for leisure purposes. purpose of: The purpose of this dictionary is to help students of English. the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 purpose — 1 noun 1 WHAT STH IS SUPPOSED TO DO (C) the thing that an event, process, or activity is supposed to achieve, or the job that something is supposed to do see reason 1 (+ of): The purpose of this meeting is to elect a new committee. | What is the… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 purpose — 01. Suzie says that her brother broke her doll on [purpose], but I really think it was an accident. 02. Teachers should always explain the [purpose] of the activities they have their students take part in. 03. All prisoners are obliged to take… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 purpose — n. 1) to accomplish, achieve, fulfill a purpose 2) to serve a purpose 3) to put smt, to a good purpose 4) for a purpose (it was done for a good purpose; we arranged the meeting for the purpose of preventing a strike) 5) (misc.) for all practical… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 purpose — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)pəs[/t]] ♦♦ purposes 1) N COUNT: with supp The purpose of something is the reason for which it is made or done. The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for medical supplies... Various insurance schemes already exist for this… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 purpose — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. intention, determination, resolution, resolve; end, aim, view. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Aim] Syn. intention, end, goal, mission, objective, object, idea, design, hope, resolve, meaning, view, scope,… …

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