[ US /ˈpɝpəs/ ]
[ UK /pˈɜːpəs/ ]
  1. propose or intend
    I aim to arrive at noon
  2. reach a decision
    he resolved never to drink again
  1. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose
    his determination showed in his every movement
    he is a man of purpose
  2. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs
    he made no secret of his designs
    good intentions are not enough
    his intent was to provide a new translation
  3. what something is used for
    the function of an auger is to bore holes
    ballet is beautiful but what use is it?
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How To Use purpose In A Sentence

  • But for the watermark, the thickness of the paper and the missing security thread, the note, reportedly obtained from a private bank, looked like genuine currency for all practical purposes.
  • The tax assessor determined that the property was subject to taxation based on its infrequent use for religious purposes. Christianity Today
  • That's when I noticed the little sticker on the window explaining the purpose of the ‘Child Safety Lock’.
  • So why not give them a travel gadget that serves a dual purpose?
  • The language is amusingly flowery and the overall tone one of purposeful pleasure. Times, Sunday Times
  • That being impossible here, let us return to the topic of theism and the relation of evil to divine purpose.
  • Beneath the third was a vast treasure which the emperor then used for charitable purposes.
  • Part B (to be completed during the appraisal by the appraiser - where appropriate and safe to do so, certain items can completed by the appraiser before the appraisal, and then discussed and validated or amended in discussion with the appraisee during the appraisal.) name of appraiser: position: time managing appraisee: B1 Describe the purpose of the appraisee's job. Recently Uploaded Slideshows
  • The length should be that of the bandaging; the breadth, three or four fingers; thickness, three or fourfold; number so as to encircle the limb, neither more nor less; those applied for the purpose of rectifying a deformity, should be of such a length as to encircle it; the breadth and thickness being determined by the vacuity, which is not to be filled up at once. On The Surgery
  • The Syracuse group is developing prototypes of software technologies which will accelerate the take-up of general purpose parallel computing.
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