Complete Definition of "purpose"

English

rank|position|copy|opened|543|purpose|fall|pass|doing

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËpÉrpÉs/
SAMPA|/"[email protected]/
audio|en-us-purpose.ogg|Audio (US)

Etymology
(noun) From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer (to propose), from Latin prÅ- (forth) + poser (to put).
(verb) From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer (to propose).

Noun
en-noun

  1. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
  2. A result that is desired; an intention.
  3. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
  4. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
  5. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.

Synonyms
(target): aim, goal, object, target
(intention): aim, plan, intention
(determination): determination, intention, resolution
(subject of discourse): matter, subject, topic
(reason for doing something): reason

Derived terms
purpose-built
purposeful
purposeless
purpose-like
purposely
on purpose

Translations
trans-top|target
Arabic: ARchar|Ùد٠(hádaf) m
Chinese: ç®ç (mùdì)
Czech: úÄel m
Danish mål
Dutch: reden f, doel n, bedoeling f, nut n, strekking
Finnish: tarkoitus
French: but#French|but m
German: Zweck m
Hebrew: ×××¨× (matarah) f
Hungarian: szándék
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Italian: proposito m
Japanese: ç®ç (ããã¦ã, mokuteki)
Korean: ëª©ì  (mokjeok)
Norwegian: mål n
Portuguese: propósito m
Romanian: scop n
Russian: ÑÐµÐ»Ñ (tselâ) f
Spanish: propósito m
Swedish: avsikt c
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trans-top|intention
Arabic: ARchar|ÙÙØ©|ÙÙÙØ© (níyya} f
Danish: mening, intention
Dutch: intentie, bedoeling, opzet
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Hebrew: ×××× × (kavuanah) f
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trans-top|determination
Dutch: vastberadenheid
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Hebrew: × ××ש×ת (nekhisut) f
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trans-top|subject of discourse
French: sujet m
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Italian: argomento m, soggetto m
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trans-top|reason for doing something
Arabic: Arab|سبب IPAchar|(sábab) m
Danish: grund
Dutch: reden
Hebrew: ס××× (siba) f
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Russian: пÑиÑина (priÄína) f
Spanish: propósito m
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to be checked
ttbc|German: Zweck m

Verb
en-verb|purpos|ing

  1. transitive Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
  2. transitive (passive) designed|Designed for some purpose.

Derived terms
purposed
purposer
purposive

Synonyms
(have set as one's purpose): aim, intend, mean, plan, set out
(designed for some purpose): intended

Translations

trans-top|have set as one's purpose; intend
Dutch: van plan zijn
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trans-top|passive: designed for some purpose
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References
R:Dictionary.com|purpose
R:American Heritage 2000|purpose
R:WordNet 2003|purpose

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