purpose Definition

  • 1the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists
  • 2a person's sense of resolve or determination

Using purpose: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "purpose" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the budget.

  • Example

    The purpose of life is a philosophical question that has puzzled thinkers for centuries.

  • Example

    She found her purpose in helping others.

  • Example

    He pursued his purpose with single-minded determination.

purpose Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for purpose

Idioms Using purpose

  • to forget or neglect the original goal or intention


    In the midst of all the arguing, they lost sight of the purpose of the project.

  • to have no useful function or effect


    All these extra buttons serve no purpose.

  • with the aim or intention of


    I'm going to the store for the purpose of buying some milk.

Phrases with purpose

  • intentionally; deliberately


    I didn't do it on purpose.

  • to be useful or helpful for a particular reason


    This tool may not look like much, but it serves a purpose.

  • a feeling of direction and motivation that drives a person to achieve their goals


    After years of wandering, she finally found a sense of purpose in her work.

Origins of purpose

from Old French 'porpos', from Latin 'propositum', meaning 'proposal, purpose'


Summary: purpose in Brief

The term 'purpose' [ˈpɜːrpəs] refers to the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists. It can also denote a person's sense of resolve or determination. Examples include 'The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the budget,' and 'She found her purpose in helping others.' Phrases like 'on purpose' and idioms like 'lose sight of the purpose' add nuance to the term.

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