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definition of the word purpose

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
position copy opened #543: purpose fall pass doing

From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer (to propose), from Latin prō (forth) + pausare, present active infinitive of pauso (to halt, cease, pause).

Singular
purpose

Plural
purposes

purpose (plural purposes)

  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.


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