• Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots
    Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v purpose reach a decision "he resolved never to drink again"
    • v purpose propose or intend "I aim to arrive at noon"
    • n purpose 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"
    • n purpose what something is used for "the function of an auger is to bore holes","ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
    • n purpose an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions "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"
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Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The purpose of tonsils is to destroy foreign substances that are swallowed or breathed in
    • Purpose Instance; example.
    • Purpose Proposal to another; discourse.
    • Purpose 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; view; aim; design; intention; plan. "He will his firste purpos modify.""As my eternal purpose hath decreed.""The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
      Unless the deed go with it."
    • v. i Purpose To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
    • Purpose To propose, as an aim, to one's self; to determine upon, as some end or object to be accomplished; to intend; to design; to resolve; -- often followed by an infinitive or dependent clause. "Did nothing purpose against the state.""I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time which is within the memory of men still living."
    • Purpose To set forth; to bring forward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • purpose To propose; intend; design; mean: generally with an infinitive.
    • purpose To resolve; determine, or determine on.
    • purpose Synonyms To mean, meditate.
    • purpose To have intention or design; intend; mean.
    • purpose To discourse.
    • n purpose A thing proposed or intended; an object to be kept in view or subserved in any operation or course of action; end proposed; aim.
    • n purpose Proposition; proposal; point to be considered or acted upon.
    • n purpose Hence Intended or desired effect; practical advantage or result; use; subject or matter in hand; question at issue: as, to speak to the purpose.
    • n purpose Intention; design; resolve; resolution; determination.
    • n purpose Import; meaning: purport; intent.
    • n purpose Discourse; conversation.
    • n purpose Instance; example.
    • n purpose plural A sort of conversational game. Compare cross-purpose, 2.
    • n purpose A dance resembling a cotillion, a characteristic feature of which was the introduction of confidential or coquettish conversation.
    • n purpose In biology, the result which a structure tends to secure, without any reference to an intelligent agent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The American Automobile association was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps
    • n Purpose pur′pos idea or aim kept before the mind as the end of effort: aim, intention: effect: :
    • v.t Purpose pur′pos to intend (often followed by an infinitive or participial clause as its object)
    • v.i Purpose to have an intention:
    • n Purpose pur′pos (Spens.) conversation
    • n Purpose pur′pos (pl.) a sort of conversational game
    • v.i Purpose (Spens.) to discourse
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  • John Ruskin
    “It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.”
  • John Mason Brown
    John Mason Brown
    “The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.”
  • Pablo Casals
    Pablo Casals
    “The first thing to do in life is to do with purpose what one purposes to do.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.”
  • Washington Irving
    “Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.”


At cross purposes - When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
To all intents and purposes - This means in all the most important ways.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum,. See Propound


In literature:

She was sure that she would hold by her purpose, and yet she feared that her purpose was wrong.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
It is our present purpose so to study it.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Mood and Purpose.+ It is important to understand the mood and purpose of an author.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
An early dinner was ordered, for the purpose of giving ample time in the afternoon for the reading of the will.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
Such, however, is not my purpose.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Their backward strokes were to no purpose.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It was to no purpose.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
I keep my eyes open pretty wide, and hope to have done so to some purpose by the time I come home.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Certainly that was not the only purpose, nor the main purpose.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
The purpose of your life should be to improve things.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth

In poetry:

This purpose filled my soul like flame:
To win you wealth and take the place
Where care is not, nor any shame
To vex your face.
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
Pray therefore hard, that He wou'd deign
To change thy purposes again,
And all thy resolutions quite,
'Till they be fix'd upon the right.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
It may be that they read our purpose wrongly,
And ere they learn to know them, learn to fear
The unresting hands, which silently, but strongly,
Carve the broad pathway of the coming year.
"An Apology" by Edwin Arnold
Satan himself, I think, would shun
The presence of that artful one,
Who violates truth's sacred laws,
Regardless of the end or cause,
But deems it strategy to live
For the sole purpose to deceive.
"Lies" by Jared Barhite
And when, beneath a radiant sun,
That man, his noble purpose done,
With calm and tranquil mien,
Disclosed to view this glorious fane,
And did with peaceful hand contain
The warlike eagle's sheen,—
"To The Napoleon Column" by Victor Marie Hugo
Nor memories alone are ours,
But purpose for the Future strong,
Across the seas two signal towers,
Keeping stern watch against the Wrong;
Seeking, with hearts of deep accord,
A better wisdom than the Sword.
"We Are With France" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Inmates would purposely sag their pants as a sign that they were available to other inmates for sex.
On Monday, we referenced a Chicago news conference with an undefined purpose.
KETV NewsWatch 7's I-team investigates why a retail store is purposely destroying slightly-damaged clothing.
Dr Boehm 's techniques have proven to be robust, well suited for teaching purposes, straightforward to implement, and practical enough that many students reported successful application in the workplace.
8 cups all-purpose flour (additional flour for dusting).
Find chic design with purpose in this historic Jefferson Park home.
Collections of things that serve a purpose are even more fun.
The second is the All Purpose Adhesive Light Strip (APALS).
Paul Smiths, NY, Aug 30, 2012 — We use buckwheat flour for many of the same purposes as wheat flour, but the plants they originate from are not even closely related.
How does a multinational company respond when it discovers that one of its products is being used for unintended purposes.
Definite -purpose motors handle specific applications and have well-established NEMA standards.
They are produced in high volume, and are low in cost when compared to general-purpose motors with the same ratings.
Is molecular sieve technology an economic method for this purpose.
Are the Republican Congressional leaders purposely trying to sabotage the US economy for their own political gain.
The numbers of years are determined by the IRS for tax purposes.

In science:

For this purpose, we fix the following logarithmic structures.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Our aim is to apply Cauchy’s theorem to F and for this purpose we must show that F is holomorphic at p0 , too.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
We have used a more sophisticated method called push-and-relabel by Goldberg and Tarjan , which we have optimized for our purposes.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
In this section we characterize Vρ and Vρ,R For this purpose we need some definitions.
A Linear Programming Approach to Attainable Cram\'{e}r-Rao type Bounds and Randomness Condition II
For this purpose we start with a relaxed RBN and a fixed bias p.
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks