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Usage statistics for the noun purpose:

spoken English28.63%written English71.37% imaginative writing23.89%informational writing76.11%

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Definition of the noun purpose

What does purpose mean as a name of something?

Purpose is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: purposes

  1. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of purpose: aim / design / intent / intention
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific terms:
  2. what something is used for
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of purpose: function / role / use
    • more generic words: usefulness / utility = the quality of being of practical use
    • more specific term: raison d'etre = the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
    • attributes:
      • functional = designed for or capable of a particular function or use
      • nonfunctional = not having or performing a function
  3. the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

Alternative definition of the noun purpose


  1. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
  2. A result that is desired; an intention.
  3. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
  4. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
  5. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.

Definition of the verb purpose

What does purpose mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: purposed | purposing | purposes

  1. propose or intend
  2. reach a decision

Alternative definition of the verb purpose


  1. [transitive] Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
  2. [transitive] (passive) Designed for some purpose.


"Purpose" is a 2002 drama film directed by Alan Ari Lazar.


  1. "Purpose" is the debut album by contemporary R&B singer, Algebra.
  2. "Purpose" is a composition.
  3. "Purpose" is a musical album of Organic Transcendence.
  4. "Purpose" is a musical album of AHQ.

Phrases with Purpose

Phrases starting with the word Purpose:

  1. purpose-made
  2. purpose-built
  3. Purpose Statement

Phrases ending with the word Purpose:

  1. by-purpose
  2. on purpose
  3. all-purpose
  4. dual-purpose
  5. cross-purpose
  6. Multi-Purpose
  7. Common purpose
  8. Fit For Purpose
  9. general-purpose
  10. sense of purpose
  11. Dative of Purpose
  12. firmness of purpose
  13. Game with a Purpose
  14. Infinitive of Purpose
  15. Accidentally on Purpose

Other phrase containing the word Purpose:

  1. general-purpose bomb

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Purpose

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Google previewZoned in the USA (2015)

The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation by Sonia A. Hirt

places where the primary purpose is the sale and consumption of food and light refreshment on the premises). This excludes internet cafes, which are now A1. A1 or A2 A4: Drinking ...

Google previewHow to Exceed Your Expectations in the Leaving Cert (2012)

by Rory Crean

Purpose is a measure of how 'ontask' you are when answering questions and ultimately comes down to whether you...

Purpose is the most important of the four , as it limits the marks you can achieve in Clarity and Language – if you've missed ...

Google previewSeven Soulful Secrets for Finding Your Purpose and Minding Your Mission (2001)

by Stephanie Stokes Oliver

Purpose is the manifestation of your highest self. It means being in touch with your personal power and a vision of greater good. Your mission is the way you carry out your purpose. It's the road map to your destination. It's how you accomplish ...

Google previewThe Case for Stem Education (2013)

Challenges and Opportunities by Rodger W. Bybee

Purpose is the object for which something exists or the goal toward which something strives. In contrast, a...

The term purpose refers to various goal statements of what STEM education should achieve, such as STEM literacy for all learners.

Google previewMiddle Range Theory for Nursing (2013)

Third Edition by Mary Jane Smith, PhD, RN, Patricia R. Liehr, PhD, RN

Life Purpose Life purpose is the central concept of the theory of meaning. It is the summary of reasons for one's...

Life purpose is that to which one may feel called and to which one is dedicated.

Google previewUnleash Your Authentic Self! (2015)

Your Inner Truth Sets You Free by Elaine Mc Guinness

Your purpose is what you have passion for, and this is not the same as work. The rules of the daily ninetofive...

Carrying out your life's purpose means you are being in service to other people in some way.

Google previewThe Anonymous Elect (2006)

Market Research Through Online Access Panels by Andrei Postoaca

Its purpose is that of investigating the language of online market research as compared to that of offline market research in an attempt at discussing the increasing levels of self-awareness with today's respondents to market research surveys.

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2016)

by A. Mehdi Riazi

with complementarity purpose seeks to elaborate on different aspects of the research problem through different methods from quantitative and qualitative approaches. Contrary to the triangulation purpose in ...

Google previewA Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals (2016)

by Heather Hope Kuruvilla

Therefore, the second test is the operational test, which looks to the actual activities of the organization in order to determine if the organization has a proper purpose.18 While the language of the code requires that the organization operate ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

The overall purpose of a test inevitably affects its contents. Tests should be based on a set of specifications (see Alderson, Clapham and Wall, 1995) which set out the main features of the test, and describe the test«s aims, as well as describing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oklahoma (1999)

by Nancy Capace

town, township, school district, or other political corporation, or subdivision of the state, shall be allowed to become indebted, in any manner, or for any purpose, to an amount exceeding, in any year, the income and revenue provided for such ...

Google previewShakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary (2012)

by Alexander Schmidt

Originally a purpose was entertained of making the quotations absolutely complete, even with respect to the most common and constantly recurring parts and forms of speech. As, however, there arose some danger of impairing the utility of the ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

The ultimate purpose of practice development is the development of evidence- informed and person-centred practice cultures or workplaces (Manley et al 2013). PD includes a wide range of activities aimed at continually developing and ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

amphibious assault ship (general purpose) — A naval ship designed to embark, deploy, and land elements of a landing force in an assault by helicopters, landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and by combinations of these methods. Designated ...

Google previewDictionary of Shipping Terms (2013)

by Peter Brodie

GP General purpose. See General purpose container and General purpose rating.

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Usage statistics about purpose

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Usage statistics for the noun purpose:

spoken English28.63%written English71.37% imaginative writing23.89%informational writing76.11%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb purpose:


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Quotes about Purpose

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. (Thomas Carlyle)
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Scrabble value of P3U1R1P3O1S1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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