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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.


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.


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

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

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