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English definition of “purpose”


noun [C/U] (REASON)   /ˈpɜr·pəs/
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. Purpose is also determination : [U] The project gave him a renewed sense of purpose.
(Definition of purpose noun (REASON) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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