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purpose

noun
 
 
/ˈpɜːpəs/
[C] the reason for doing something or the reason that something exists: sb's purpose in doing sth My purpose in calling this meeting was to remind everyone of some basic rules.with/for the purpose of (doing) sth He learnt Chinese for the express purpose of starting a business there. I went to the conference with the sole purpose of advertising our services.for tax/business/insurance purposes He pays himself a small salary for tax purposes. I can see no useful purpose in speaking to him again. You need to assure shareholders that their investment is being used to good purpose.
[U] determination or a feeling of having a reason for what you do: You need a strong sense of purpose to start your own company.
[C] a need of a particular person or organization: We haven't yet managed to find new premises that are suitable for our purposes. This fabric isn't ideal, but it will serve our purposes. →  See also general-purpose , multi-purpose
on purpose intentionally, not by accident: I know you didn't delete the database on purpose, but please be more careful.
serve a purpose to have a use: These small village shops serve a very useful purpose.
be to no purpose to be completely unsuccessful: All my efforts were to no purpose.
(Definition of purpose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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