1. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal: Her purpose in coming here is to talk to you. The purpose of an airliner is to transport people. See Synonyms at intention.
2. Determination; resolution: He was a man of purpose.
tr.v. pur·posed, pur·pos·ing, pur·pos·esIdioms:
To intend or resolve: "the gap between what is said and what is purposed" (Ian Donaldson).
to good purpose
With good results.
to little/no purpose
With few or no results.
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