1. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
  2. A result that is desired; an intention.
  3. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
  4. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
  5. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
    The purpose of turning off the lights overnight is to save energy.
  6. Instance; example.


  1. Have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.
  2. (passive) Designed for some purpose.
  3. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.

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