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Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.
Oliver Goldsmith
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Etymology 1

From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer (to propose), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] prō (forth) + pausare, present active infinitive of pauso (to halt, cease, pause).

Noun

Singular
purpose

Plural
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purpose ({{{1}}})
  1. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
  2. A result that is desired; an intention.
  3. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
  4. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
  5. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer (to propose)

Verb

Infinitive
to purpose

Third person singular
purpos

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to purpose (third-person singular simple present purpos, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
  2. (transitive) (passive) Designed for some purpose.
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References

  • purpose” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • purpose” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • purpose” in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

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