Definition of “purpose” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /ˈpɜːpəs/

B1 why you do something or why something exists:

The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of the company.
The drug may be legalized for medical purposes.

the feeling of knowing what you want to do:

He seems to have lost all sense of purpose.
on purpose

B1 intentionally:

I didn't do it on purpose, it was an accident.
serve a purpose

to have a use:

These small village shops serve a very useful purpose.
→ See also cross purposes , to/for all intents (and purposes)

(Definition of “purpose” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)