Definition of 'purpose'
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Was it intended to serve any purpose at all? Times, Sunday Times (2016)It offers you counselling and gives you a crime number for insurance purposes. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They served a purpose while they could. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Facing death has given me an overwhelming desire to do something with more purpose and depth than my previous career. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We all want purpose in life. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But best of all, they give you such a strong sense of purpose. The Sun (2017)This was a performance of energy and purpose, taking the game to a country that have had it their own way for far too long. The Sun (2016)The muscles were exclusively for display purposes and were designed to invite conversation and, obviously, contact. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It may not always be obvious to whom this applies, for example, in circumstances where public bodies process data for purposes determined by another public body. Computing (2010)Its design and use vary according to which of these purposes it is intended to serve. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)This prestigious award has served its purpose. Times, Sunday Times (2015)There is a definite purpose for this. Christianity Today (2000)This is on purpose to make him look less dour. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Most of the interest and other expenses can be set against the rental income for tax purposes. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This is often used for insurance purposes. Finance for the Non-Financial Manager (1989)The canvas was sometimes reused for more practical purposes. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)They have all been designed for different purposes. Technology Basic Facts (1990)They see no purpose in funding something of no great interest to the better off. The Sun (2006)People are hungry for anything which gives their lives shape and sense of purpose. Times, Sunday Times (2013)To all intents and purposes it is a prison within a prison. The Sun (2016)The main purpose was to defend freedom of speech. The Sun (2010)Friends say that he used the bigger property for company entertainment purposes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Iran insists that its nuclear programme is peaceful and purely for energy purposes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Something between those weights will hopefully serve your purpose. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The government should do more to make the purpose of the tests clear. Times, Sunday Times (2015)For insurance purposes the makers insisted a stuntman make the jump. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The borrower was then allowed to set those interest charges against his or her income for tax purposes. Home-ownership - differentiation and fragmentation (1990)For the intended purpose and at the price, a tidy little addition to your training accessories. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They were alone together in the chapel, to which her mother did not object when its purpose was explained to her. Little Women (1869)
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Translations for 'purpose'
British English: purpose /ˈpɜːpəs/ NOUN
The purpose of something is the reason for which it is made or done.
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- American English: purpose
- Arabic: غَرَض
- Brazilian Portuguese: propósito
- Chinese: 目的
- Croatian: svrha
- Czech: účel
- Danish: formål
- Dutch: doel bedoeling
- European Spanish: propósito
- Finnish: tarkoitus
- French: but
- German: Zweck
- Greek: σκοπός επιδίωξη
- Italian: scopo
- Japanese: 目的
- Korean: 목적
- Norwegian: formål
- Polish: cel
- European Portuguese: propósito
- Romanian: scop
- Russian: цель
- Spanish: propósito
- Swedish: syfte
- Thai: วัตถุประสงค์
- Turkish: amaç
- Ukrainian: мета
- Vietnamese: mục đích
Definition of purpose from the Collins English Dictionary
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