Translation of "purpose" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈpɜː·pəs/ us /ˈpɜr·pəs/

B1 why you do something or why something exists

fin, finalidad
The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of the company.
on purpose

B1 If you do something bad on purpose, you wanted or planned to do it.

a propósito
I didn’t do it on purpose – it was an accident.

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


noun /ˈpəːpəs/

the reason for doing something; the aim to which an action etc is directed

propósito, fin; razón
What is the purpose of your visit?

the use or function of an object

función, uso, utilidad
The purpose of this lever is to stop the machine in an emergency.


a man of purpose.
purposeful adjective

having a definite purpose

He was working with a purposeful look on his face.
purposefully adverb

con determinación
purposeless adjective

having no purpose

sin sentido; sin propósito
purposeless destruction.
purposely adverb


a propósito, expresamente
He did it purposely to attract my attention.
purpose-built adjective

made or built for a particular need or purpose

construido especialmente (para)
People who use wheelchairs sometimes live in purpose-built houses.
on purpose


a propósito, adrede
Did you break the cup on purpose?
serve a purpose

to be useful in some way

servir de/para algo
The player’s versatility means that he can serve a purpose in many positions on the pitch.
to no purpose

with no useful results

en vano
She tried repairing the lawnmower, but it was to no purpose.

(Translation of “purpose” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)