Hypertext Webster Gateway: "purpose"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Purpose \Pur"pose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purposed}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Purposing}.] [OF. purposer, proposer. See {Propose}.]
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Purpose \Pur"pose\, n. [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L.
propositum. See {Propound}.]
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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Purpose \Pur"pose\, v. i.
To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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" [syn: {intent},
{intention}, {aim}, {design}]
2: what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to
bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
[syn: {function}, {role}, {use}]
3: the quality of being determined to do or achieve something;
"his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a
man of purpose" [syn: {determination}]
v 1: propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: {aim}, {purport},
2: reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again" [syn: {resolve}]

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