purpose
1. [ noun ] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
Synonyms: intention aim intent design
Examples:

"his intent was to provide a new translation" "good intentions are not enough" "the conscious aim of answering immediate needs" "he made no secret of his designs"

Related terms: goal mind will view cross-purpose sake intend aim design
2. [ noun ] what something is used for
Synonyms: use function role
Examples:

"the function of an auger is to bore holes" "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

Related terms: utility raison_d'etre serve functional nonfunctional
3. [ noun ] the quality of being determined to do or achieve something
Synonyms: determination
Examples:

"his determination showed in his every movement" "he is a man of purpose"

Related terms: resoluteness doggedness diligence indefatigability
4. [ verb ] propose or intend
Synonyms: aim propose purport
Examples:

"I aim to arrive at noon"

Related terms: intend aim intent
5. [ verb ] reach a decision
Synonyms: resolve
Examples:

"he resolved never to drink again"

Related terms: decide resolution
Similar spelling:   purposely
  purposeful
  purposive