Synonyms of purpose


1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design, goal, end

usage: 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"

2. function, purpose, role, use, utility, usefulness

usage: what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

3. determination, purpose, resoluteness, firmness, firmness of purpose, resolve, resolution

usage: the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose; "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"


1. aim, purpose, purport, propose, intend, mean, think

usage: propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon"

2. purpose, resolve, decide, make up one's mind, determine

usage: reach a decision; "he resolved never to drink again"

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Definition and meaning of purpose (Dictionary)