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English noun: purpose

1. purpose (cognition) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions


SamplesHis 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.


Synonymsaim, design, intent, intention


Broader (hypernym)end, goal


Narrower (hyponym)cross-purpose, final cause, idea, mind, sake, view, will

2. purpose (attribute) what something is used for


SamplesThe function of an auger is to bore holes.
Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.


Synonymsfunction, role, use


Broader (hypernym)usefulness, utility


Narrower (hyponym)raison d'etre


Attributefunctional, nonfunctional

3. purpose (attribute) the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose


SamplesHis determination showed in his every movement.
He is a man of purpose.


Synonymsdetermination


Broader (hypernym)firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution, resolve


Narrower (hyponym)diligence, doggedness, indefatigability, indefatigableness, industriousness, industry, perseverance, persistence, persistency, pertinacity, tenaciousness, tenacity, tirelessness


English verb: purpose

1. purpose (cognition) propose or intend


SamplesI aim to arrive at noon.


Synonymsaim, propose, purport


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, think

2. purpose (cognition) reach a decision


SamplesHe resolved never to drink again.


Synonymsresolve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind









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