Definition for purpose

noun as in persistence, resolve

noun as in use

verb as in intend, set sights on

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Example Sentences

By setting no goals, the player must find their own purpose.

They were born in 51 countries and speak 59 foreign languages, but they seemed bound by a single purpose and resolve.

But Seligman never imagined how Mitchell might put the concept to work, in part because it was so ill-suited to that purpose.

The whole purpose of the gang is to generate money for its incarcerated leaders.

We are gathered for one reason and one reason alone—to raise money to help fulfill that dream and that purpose.

Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.

I called out several times, as loud as I could raise my voice, but all to no purpose.

The emperor Nicholas of Russia declared, by ukase, his purpose to assist Austria.

For the purpose of ascertaining the Board's powers in this connection the opinion of the Attorney General has been requested.

The culture of expression is a very different thing from the artful imitation of the signs of feeling and purpose.


On this page you'll find 255 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to purpose, such as: ambition, aspiration, desire, determination, direction, and function.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.