Purpose - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpɜːrpəs|  American pronunciation of the word purpose
Brit.  |ˈpəːpəs|  British pronunciation of the word purpose


- an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions (syn: aim, design, intent, intention)
- what something is used for (syn: function, role, use)
- the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose(syn: determination)


- propose or intend (syn: aim, propose, purport)
- reach a decision (syn: resolve)


The purpose of the new resort is to attract more tourists.

The loans are small but they serve a good purpose.

Sometimes his life seemed to lack purpose or meaning.

We started work again with a renewed sense of purpose.

...I've been purposing to fix that thing for some time now....

We arranged the meeting for the purpose of preventing a strike.

It would only cause much loss of time to no purpose.

He answered him very far from the purpose.

You can speak to the purpose when you choose.

The purpose of this meeting is to elect a new chairman.

What is the purpose of your visit?

The purpose of conducting a business is to make money.

Troops were sent solely for the purpose of assisting refugees.

He came here with the purpose of carrying out the attack.

The protection of children is the primary purpose of this legislation.

Word forms

singular: purpose
plural: purposes
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