purpose of illustration meaning, purpose of illustration definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( purposes    plural  )
1       n-count   The purpose of something is the reason for which it is made or done.  
with supp   (=aim)  
The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for medical supplies..., Various insurance schemes already exist for this purpose., ...the use of nuclear energy for military purposes..., He was asked about casualties, but said it would serve no purpose to count bodies...     
2       n-count   Your purpose is the thing that you want to achieve.  
with poss   (=aim, objective)  
They might well be prepared to do you harm in order to achieve their purpose..., His purpose was to make a profit by improving the company's performance.     
3       n-uncount   Purpose is the feeling of having a definite aim and of being determined to achieve it.  
The teachers are enthusiastic and have a sense of purpose.     
5    You use for all practical purposes or to all intents and purposes to suggest that a situation is not exactly as you describe it, but the effect is the same as if it were.  
for all practical purposes/to all intents and purposes      phrase   PHR with cl   (=in effect)  
For all practical purposes the treaty has already ceased to exist...     
6    If you do something on purpose, you do it intentionally.  
on purpose      phrase   PHR after v   (=intentionally)  
Was it an accident or did David do it on purpose?     

You use all-purpose to refer to things that have lots of different uses or can be used in lots of different situations.      adj   ADJ n  
Use all-purpose flour if you cannot find pastry flour.     
A purpose-built building has been specially designed and built for a particular use.  
  (mainly BRIT)      adj  
The company has recently moved into a new purpose-built factory.     
in AM, usually use custom-built     
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software created with the purpose of testing other software
handsome young man kept by a much older woman for the purpose of sexual favors and/or as a companion.
British slang
a teamwork session in the visual domain (design, architecture, urban planning) organized on the purpose of finalizing a project within a previously defined timeframe.
The correct spelling in French (where the word originates from) is "charrette". "charette" is the Anglicized form.
message containing legal threats (often grounded on fictive laws) sent on the purpose of intimidating the receiver
formed of "cartoon" and "attorney"
serving no purpose
start an argument on purpose
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
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