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purpose

noun  us   /ˈpɜr·pəs/

purpose noun (REASON)

[C/U] an intention or aim; a reason for doing something or for allowing something to happen: [C] For budgeting purposes, you really have to start estimating costs now. [C] The delay really served no good purpose and may have harmed the negotiation.on purpose If you do something on purpose, you do it intentionally: This is the second time in a row that he didn’t show up, and I believe he did it on purpose. [C/U] Purpose is also determination: [U] The project gave him a renewed sense of purpose.

purpose noun (RESULT)

[C] an intended result or use: This budget is designed to meet one purpose and one purpose only, to do what is best for the economy.
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