Pur·pose, v. i. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.]
Pur·pose, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purposed p. pr. & vb. n. Purposing.]
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.
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. --Macaulay.
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.]
3. Instance; example. [Obs.]
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.
n 1: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your
planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new
translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "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]