How to use
purpos, from purposer
countable usually singular
the purpose of something is what it is intended to achieve
The purpose of this meeting is to elect a new chairman.
What is the purpose of your visit?
the purpose of doing something
The purpose of conducting a business is to make money.
for/with the purpose of doing something
Troops were sent solely for the purpose of assisting refugees.
He came here with the purpose of carrying out the attack.
sole/primary/main etc purpose
The protection of children is the primary purpose of this legislation.
the reasons that explain why something is needed or why it is considered in a particular way
Several of the items had
for medical/political/decorative etc purposes
It should be legitimate to use cannabis for medical purposes.
, you will be treated as a married couple.
The details are, for the
for the purposes of something
For the purposes of this book, America is taken to include the continent north of Mexico.
a plan or aim
had no particular purpose in mind
when he started.
somebody's purpose in doing something
Attending the race was not my purpose in coming to Indianapolis.
serve a purpose
achieve a particular aim
serve no useful purpose
to re-open the investigation.
do something on purpose
You make it sound as if I did it on purpose!
a feeling of determination to achieve things in life
It's so important to have a
sense of purpose
that it underlies human happiness.
My football career was over and I
had no purpose in life
great strength of purpose
for all practical purposes
to all intents and purposes
used to say that something is so close to the truth that it can be considered to be the truth
The war, to all intents and purposes, was over.
We have a Secretary of State for Scotland who is for all practical purposes a Scottish Prime Minister.
serve its purpose
if something has served its purpose, it has done what you needed it to do
We delete the data once it has served its purpose.
defeat the purpose
to fail to achieve the result you want
Anxiety will cause tension, which
defeats the purpose of the exercise
the activity or plan
to no purpose
without any useful results
She called after them, but to no purpose.
to the purpose
useful or helpful
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