Translation of "purpose" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /ˈpɜː.pəs/ us /ˈpɝː.pəs/

B1 [ C ] why you do something or why something exists

The purpose of the research is to try to find out more about the causes of the disease. 研究的目的是試圖進一步探尋引起這種疾病的原因。
His only purpose in life seems to be to enjoy himself. 他生活的唯一目的似乎就是享受。
Her main/primary purpose in suing the newspaper for libel was to clear her name. 她控告這家報紙誹謗的主要目的是為了澄清她的清白。
I came to Brighton for/with the express purpose of seeing you. 我到布裡奇頓是特地來看你的。
Letters whose sole purpose is to make a political point will not be published. 以宣揚政治觀點為唯一目的的來信是不會被發表的。
She had the operation entirely for cosmetic purposes. 她做這次手術純粹是為了美容。
a multi-purpose kitchen knife 多用途菜刀
I can see no useful purpose in continuing this conversation. 我看不到延續這席談話有任何益處。
All my efforts were to no purpose (= failed). 我所有的努力都付諸東流了。
He gave her a sum of money which she used to good purpose (= well). 他給她的那筆錢她都用在該用的地方。
on purpose

B1 If you do something on purpose, you do it intentionally, not by accident.

I didn't do it on purpose - it was an accident. 我不是故意這樣做的,是個意外。

C2 [ U ] determination or a feeling of having a reason for what you do

I've always admired her for her strength of purpose. 我一直佩服她意志堅定。
Parenthood would give him a sense of purpose. 身為人父會讓他變得有意志。

[ C ] a need

We haven't yet managed to find new premises that are suitable for our purposes. 我們還未找到符合我們需要的新營業場所。
The fabric I bought isn't exactly what I wanted, but it will serve my purposes (= fulfil my needs). 我買的織品嚴格說不是我想要的那種,但它能滿足我的需要。
serve a purpose

C2 to have a use

These small village shops serve a very useful purpose. 村裡的這些小商店非常有用。

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(Translation of “purpose” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)