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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purpose  \Pur"pose\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Purposed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Purposing}.]  [OF.  purposer,  proposer.  See  {Propose}.] 
  1.  To  set  forth;  to  bring  forward.  [Obs.] 
  2.  To  propose,  as  an  aim  to  one's  self  to  determine  upon 
  as  some  end  or  object  to  be  accomplished;  to  intend;  to 
  design;  to  resolve;  --  often  followed  by  an  infinitive  or 
  dependent  clause.  --Chaucer. 
  Did  nothing  purpose  against  the  state.  --  Shak. 
  I  purpose  to  write  the  history  of  England  from  the 
  accession  of  King  James  the  Second  down  to  a  time 
  which  is  within  the  memory  of  men  still  living. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purpose  \Pur"pose\,  n.  [OF.  purpos,  pourpos  propos,  L. 
  propositum.  See  {Propound}.] 
  1.  That  which  a  person  sets  before  himself  as  an  object  to  be 
  reached  or  accomplished;  the  end  or  aim  to  which  the  view 
  is  directed  in  any  plan  measure,  or  exertion;  view;  aim 
  design;  intention;  plan 
  He  will  his  firste  purpos  modify.  --Chaucer. 
  As  my  eternal  purpose  hath  decreed.  --  Milton. 
  The  flighty  purpose  never  is  o'ertook  Unless  the 
  deed  go  with  it  --Shak. 
  2.  Proposal  to  another;  discourse.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
  3.  Instance;  example.  [Obs.]  --L'Estrange. 
  {In  purpose},  {Of  purpose},  {On  purpose},  with  previous 
  design;  with  the  mind  directed  to  that  object; 
  intentionally.  On  purpose  is  the  form  now  generally  used 
  Syn:  design;  end  intention;  aim  See  {Design}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Purpose  \Pur"pose\,  v.  i. 
  To  have  a  purpose  or  intention;  to  discourse.  [Obs.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  anticipated  outcome  that  is  intended  or  guides  your 
  planned  actions;  "his  intent  was  to  provide  a  new 
  translation";  "it  was  created  with  the  conscious  aim  of 
  answering  immediate  needs";  "he  made  no  secret  of  his 
  designs"  [syn:  {intent},  {intention},  {aim},  {design}] 
  2:  what  something  is  used  for  "the  function  of  an  auger  is  to 
  bore  holes";  "ballet  is  beautiful  but  what  use  is  it?" 
  [syn:  {function},  {role},  {use}] 
  3:  the  quality  of  being  determined  to  do  or  achieve  something 
  "his  determination  showed  in  his  every  movement";  "he  is  a 
  man  of  purpose"  [syn:  {determination}] 
  v  1:  propose  or  intend;  "I  aim  to  arrive  at  noon"  [syn:  {aim},  {purport}, 
  2:  reach  a  decision;  "he  resolved  never  to  drink  again"  [syn:  {resolve}] 

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