purposeful Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"purposeful" in British English

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purposefuladjective

uk   /ˈpɜː.pəs.fəl/  us   /ˈpɝː-/
showing that you ​know what you ​want to do: He has a ​quiet, purposeful ​air.
purposefully
adverb uk   us   /-i/
He ​strode purposefully into the ​room.
purposefulness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of purposeful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"purposeful" in American English

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purposefuladjective

 us   /ˈpɜr·pəs·fəl/
aimed at ​achieving something; ​determined: He ​desired to ​lead a more purposeful ​life. Purposeful also ​meansintentional: the purposeful ​destruction of ​historicsites
(Definition of purposeful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “purposeful”
in Chinese (Simplified) 有明确目标的,有清晰目的的, 坚决的…
in Turkish kararlı, azimli…
in Russian решительный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有明確目標的,有清晰目的的, 堅決的…
in Polish zdecydowany, stanowczy…
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