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purpose

  

      n  
1    the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists  
2    a fixed design, outcome, or idea that is the object of an action or other effort  
3    fixed intention in doing something; determination  
a man of purpose     
4    practical advantage or use  
to work to good purpose     
5    that which is relevant or under consideration (esp. in the phrase to or from the purpose)  
6    Archaic   purport  
7    on purpose   intentionally  
      vb   tr  
8    to intend or determine to do (something)  
     (C13: from Old French porpos, from porposer to plan, from Latin proponere to propose)  


cross-purpose  
      n  
1    a contrary aim or purpose  
2    at cross-purporses   conflicting; opposed; disagreeing  
dual-purpose  
      adj   having or serving two functions  
general-purpose  
      adj   having a range of uses or applications; not restricted to one function  
purpose-built  
      adj   made to serve a specific purpose  
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purpose

  

      n  
1    aim, design, function, idea, intention, object, point, principle, reason, the why and wherefore  
2    aim, ambition, aspiration, design, desire, end, goal, Holy Grail     (informal)   hope, intention, object, objective, plan, project, scheme, target, view, wish  
3    constancy, determination, firmness, persistence, resolution, resolve, single-mindedness, steadfastness, tenacity, will  
4    advantage, avail, benefit, effect, gain, good, mileage     (informal)   outcome, profit, result, return, use, utility  
5    on purpose      by design, deliberately, designedly, intentionally, knowingly, purposely, wilfully, wittingly  
      vb  
6    aim, aspire, commit oneself, contemplate, decide, design, determine, have a mind to, intend, make up one's mind, mean, meditate, plan, propose, resolve, set one's sights on, think to, work towards  

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! purpose n.
the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists (le but)

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adj.
serving no purpose
exp.
start an argument on purpose
n.
software created with the purpose of testing other software
n.
handsome young man kept by a much older woman for the purpose of sexual favors and/or as a companion.
British slang
n.
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.
n.
message containing legal threats (often grounded on fictive laws) sent on the purpose of intimidating the receiver
formed of "cartoon" and "attorney"
n.
an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud
[informal] From 'humble'+'brag'. Ex: She got on my nerves; it was like her selfies, humblebrags and rants weren't enough to satisfy her craving for attention!
exp.
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.
exp.
the show is over, you can go home, the main purpose of your presence is gone
was used in Elvis concerts to prevent people from waiting an encore
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