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purpose

noun
 
 
/ˈpɜːpəs/
REASON [C] 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.Goals and purposes
INTENTION [U] the feeling of knowing what you want to do: He seems to have lost all sense of purpose.Strength of will and determination
on purpose B1 intentionally: I didn't do it on purpose, it was an accident.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
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) Goals and purposes
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