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Definition 1: what something is used for - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where purpose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the function of an auger is to bore holes
  • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Synonyms for purpose in the sense of this definition

(purpose is a kind of ...) the quality of being of practical use

(... is a kind of purpose ) the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

(... are attributes of purpose) designed for or capable of a particular function or use

"a style of writing in which every word is functional" "functional architecture"

(... are attributes of purpose) not having or performing a function

Definition 2: the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where purpose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his determination showed in his every movement
  • he is a man of purpose

Synonyms for purpose in the sense of this definition

(purpose is a kind of ...) the trait of being resolute

"his resoluteness carried him through the battle" "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

(... is a kind of purpose ) persistent determination

(... is a kind of purpose ) tireless determination

(... is a kind of purpose ) persevering determination to perform a task

"his diligence won him quick promotions" "frugality and industry are still regarded as virtues"

Definition 3: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where purpose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for purpose in the sense of this definition

(purpose is a kind of ...) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

"the ends justify the means"

(... is a kind of purpose ) your intention; what you intend to do

"he had in mind to see his old teacher" "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"

(... is a kind of purpose ) a contrary aim

"at cross-purposes"

(... is a kind of purpose ) (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process

(... is a kind of purpose ) the purpose of achieving or obtaining

"for the sake of argument"

(... is a kind of purpose ) purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'

"he took the computer with a view to pawning it"

(... is a kind of purpose ) a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

"where there's a will there's a way"

Definition 4: reach a decision - [verb of cognition]

Samples where purpose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he resolved never to drink again

Synonyms for purpose in the sense of this definition

(purpose is a kind of ...) reach, make, or come to a decision about something

"We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"

Definition 5: propose or intend - [verb of cognition]

Samples where purpose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I aim to arrive at noon

Synonyms for purpose in the sense of this definition

(purpose is a kind of ...) have in mind as a purpose

"I mean no harm" "I only meant to help you" "She didn't think to harm me" "We thought to return early that night"

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