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purpose

 
Noun purpose has 3 senses
  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design - 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"
    --1 is a kind of goal, end
    --1 has particulars: mind, idea; cross-purpose; sake; view; will
    Derived form: verb purpose1
  2. function, purpose, role, use - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
    --2 is a kind of utility, usefulness
    --2 has particulars: raison d'etre
  3. determination, purpose - the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"
    --3 is a kind of resoluteness, firmness, resolve, resolution
    --3 has particulars:
     doggedness, perseverance, persistence, persistency, tenacity, tenaciousness, pertinacity; indefatigability, indefatigableness, tirelessness; diligence, industriousness, industry
    Derived forms: verb purpose2, verb purpose1
Verb purpose has 2 senses
  1. aim, purpose, purport, propose - propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"
    --1 is one way to intend, mean, think
    Derived forms: noun purpose3, noun purpose1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
  2. purpose, resolve - reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"
    --2 is one way to decide, make up one's mind, determine
    Derived form: noun purpose3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
    Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
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