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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’”).
- An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
- A result that is desired; an intention.
- The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
- The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
- The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
- (target): aim, goal, object, target
- (intention): aim, plan, intention
- (determination): determination, intention, resolution
- (subject of discourse): matter, subject, topic
- (reason for doing something): reason
- See also Wikisaurus:goal
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- German: Zweck m.
Third person singular
- (transitive) Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
- (transitive) (passive) Designed for some purpose.
- “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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