Purpose

Definition of Purpose

Pur´pose
n.1.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.
- Chaucer.
As my eternal purpose hath decreed.
- Milton.
The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
Unless the deed go with it.
- Shak.
2.Proposal to another; discourse.
3.Instance; example.
In purpose
with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.
v. t.1.To set forth; to bring forward.
[imp. & p. p. Purposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purposing.]
2.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.
- Shak.
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.
- Macaulay.
v. i.1.To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.

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