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Definitions of Purpose

Pronunciation : Pur"pose
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum. See Propound.]
Definition : 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. [Obs.] Spenser.

3. Instance; example. [Obs.] L'Estrange. In purpose, Of purpose, On purpose, with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.

Syn. -- design; end; intention; aim. See Design.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Pur"pose
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]
Definition : 1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.]

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. Chaucer. 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.

t. [imp. & p. p. Purposed; p. pr. & vb. n. Purposing.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Pur"pose
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.] Spenser.

Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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