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1. purpose

noun. ['ˈpɝːpəs'] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.

Synonyms

  • will
  • goal
  • design
  • cross-purpose
  • sake
  • idea
  • intention
  • mind
  • view
  • final cause
  • end
  • intent

Antonyms

  • movability
  • unsoundness
  • softness
  • disagree

Etymology

  • purpos (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • purposer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • purposen (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Purpose

  • bippus
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  • campus
  • chapas
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  • compass
  • coppess
  • copus
  • corpus
  • defilippis
  • encompass
  • eohippus
  • gyrocompass
  • hippocampus
  • hospice
  • kappus
  • lapis
  • lupus
  • malpass

How do you pronounce purpose?

Pronounce purpose as ˈpərpəs.

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How do you spell purpose? Is it pourpose ?

A common misspelling of purpose is pourpose

Example sentences of the word purpose


1. Noun, singular or mass
Throw rugs are easy additions that warm up a room and serve a functional purpose as well.

Quotes containing the word purpose


1. What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.
- Margaret Thatcher

2. Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: 'Does my life have meaning and purpose?' 'Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?' 'Whom and what shall I serve?' 'Whom and what can I trust?' 'How can I rise above my fears?'
- Parker Palmer

3. The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

2. cross-purpose

noun. a contrary aim.

Synonyms

  • design
  • intention
  • purpose
  • intent

Antonyms

  • irresoluteness
  • nonfunctional
  • functional
  • uselessness

3. purpose-built

adjective. designed and constructed to serve a particular purpose.

Synonyms

  • purpose-made

Antonyms

  • irresolute
  • meaningless

4. purpose-made

adjective. designed and constructed to serve a particular purpose.

Synonyms

  • purposeful

Antonyms

  • irresolute
  • meaningless

5. all-purpose

adjective. ['ˈɔlˈpɝːpəs'] not limited in use or function.

Synonyms

  • general

Antonyms

  • particularity
  • discriminate

6. general-purpose

adjective. not limited in use or function.

Synonyms

  • general

Antonyms

  • particularity
  • discriminate

7. purpose

noun. ['ˈpɝːpəs'] what something is used for.

Synonyms

  • use
  • raison d'etre
  • functional
  • nonfunctional
  • function
  • role
  • utility

Antonyms

  • functional
  • uselessness
  • inutility
  • unsteadiness

Etymology

  • purpos (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • purposer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • purposen (Middle English (1100-1500))

8. purpose

noun. ['ˈpɝːpəs'] the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose.

Synonyms

  • tenacity
  • industriousness
  • persistency
  • firmness
  • tirelessness
  • resolve
  • resolution
  • persistence
  • tenaciousness
  • diligence
  • resoluteness
  • perseverance
  • firmness of purpose
  • doggedness
  • industry
  • determination
  • indefatigability
  • pertinacity

Antonyms

  • indecisiveness
  • indecision
  • movableness
  • instability

Etymology

  • purpos (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • purposer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • purposen (Middle English (1100-1500))

9. purpose

verb. ['ˈpɝːpəs'] propose or intend.

Synonyms

  • intend
  • propose
  • mean
  • think
  • purport

Antonyms

  • disinherit
  • uncreativeness
  • conception
  • misconception

Etymology

  • purpos (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • purposer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • purposen (Middle English (1100-1500))

10. purpose

verb. ['ˈpɝːpəs'] reach a decision.

Synonyms

  • resolve
  • decide
  • make up one's mind

Antonyms

  • preparation
  • discontinuous
  • discontinuance
  • discontinuation

Etymology

  • purpos (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • purposer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • purposen (Middle English (1100-1500))
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