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Antonyms for purpose
ˈpɜr pəspur·pose

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. purpose

    The aim is the direction in which one shoots, or sometimes that which is aimed at. The mark is that at which one shoots; the goal, that toward which one runs. All alike indicate the direction of endeavor. The end is the point at which one expects or hopes to close his labors; the object, that which he would grasp as the reward of his labors. Aspiration, design, endeavor, purpose, referring to the mental acts by which the aim is attained, are often used as interchangeable with aim. Aspiration applies to what are viewed as noble aims; endeavor, design, intention, purpose, indifferently to the best or worst. Aspiration has less of decision than the other terms; one may aspire to an object, and yet lack the fixedness of purpose by which alone it can be attained. Purpose is stronger than intention. Design especially denotes the adaptation of means to an end; endeavor refers to the exertions by which it is to be attained. One whose aims are worthy, whose aspirations are high, whose designs are wise, and whose purposes are steadfast, may hope to reach the goal of his ambition, and will surely win some object worthy of a life's endeavor. Compare AMBITION; DESIGN.

    Antonyms:
    aimlessness, avoidance, carelessness, heedlessness, neglect, negligence, oversight, purposelessness, thoughtlessness

    Synonyms:
    aim, aspiration, design, determination, end, end, endeavor, endeavor, goal, inclination, intent, intention, mark, object, tendency

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. purposeverb

    Antonyms:
    chance, risk, hazard, revoke, miscalculate, venture, stake

    Synonyms:
    intend, determine, design, resolve, mean, propose

  2. purposenoun

    Antonyms:
    chance, fortune, fate, accident, hazard, lot, casualty, lottery, hit

    Synonyms:
    intention, design, mind, meaning, view, object, aim, end, scope, point, resolve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, designnoun

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

    "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"

    Synonyms:
    intention, objective, use, design, determination, aim, designing, figure, role, purport, function, excogitation, conception, pattern, spirit, blueprint, object, intent, invention, target, innovation, bearing, plan, heading

  2. function, purpose, role, usenoun

    what something is used for

    "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

    Synonyms:
    utilisation, habit, usage, routine, role, social occasion, manipulation, theatrical role, use of goods and services, procedure, function, occasion, character, subroutine, part, determination, aim, usance, enjoyment, subprogram, employment, mapping, use, consumption, single-valued function, persona, intention, economic consumption, intent, social function, exercise, affair, office, mathematical function, map, utilization, design

  3. determination, purposeverb

    the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

    "his determination showed in his every movement"; "he is a man of purpose"

    Synonyms:
    role, determination, conclusion, function, intention, use, aim, design, finding, intent, decision

  4. aim, purpose, purport, proposeverb

    propose or intend

    "I aim to arrive at noon"

    Synonyms:
    suggest, aim, shoot for, place, pop the question, draw a bead on, aspire, drive, advise, purport, declare oneself, take aim, project, propose, resolve, direct, train, get, take, target, calculate, nominate, point, offer

  5. purpose, resolveverb

    reach a decision

    "he resolved never to drink again"

    Synonyms:
    decide, propose, settle, break up, solve, aim, purport, dissolve, conclude, answer, adjudicate, resolve

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. purposenoun

    Synonyms:
    aim, object, design, intent, goal, view, drift

  2. purposeverb

    Synonyms:
    intend, design, contemplate

Editors Contribution

  1. meaningless

    meaning

    Submitted by anonymous on November 21, 2019  

How to use purpose in a sentence?

  1. Lynne Hermle:

    The complaints of Ellen Pao were made for only one purpose: a huge payout for team Ellen.

  2. Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi:

    The question is, is this an ethics violation of the rules of the House, i think he (McCarthy) clearly, gleefully claimed that this had a political purpose and had a political success.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    The purpose of a writer is to show the beauty and tragedy of life in the reader's own mirror.

  4. Akram Al Deek:

    Notes To Self: 1.The falling of autumn leaves is not your fault. 2.Stop piling candles for decoration. They are meant to be burnt. 3.Silence has a voice of its own. Listen to your own silence. 4.A piece of advice from a divorced and a formerly political prisoner: “to be successful, avoid two things: women and politics!” 5.A semi-colon is the middle finger in a sentence when writing fiction. 6.Be sadist when you write. Good things come out of your character only when bad things happen to them. 7.A comedian once said: if you are looking for sympathy in life, you will only find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. 8.No expectations. Just instincts. 9.Undergraduate degrees of creative writing are rubbish. They are vehicles of producing mass ignorance. Because if undergraduates want to become writers, they have to spend their twenties reading excessively first. 10.Every time you get rejected by a publisher, be thankful. It is a boost for your ego to keep going forward. It is a second chance to reflect, write, and edit. It is a rebirth. It is similar to being given the question-sheet in an exam to revisit your answers before you submit your paper. 11.You are fake and hypocritical when you write for fame or political purpose. These are exterior. Honest and free writing is interior: that is when you write for yourself. 12.Mark things in green. It is the colour of grace, hope and nature. Red is bloody and fascist. 13.Reason, not need. - King Lear 14.Your body is roughly 72 per cent water. Keep hydrated. 15.Read alone. Write alone. Eat accompanied. 16.Do not drive all the time. Cycle when possible. 17.More radio. Less TV. 18.Read more. Write less. Writing comes later. 19.Sing to a mirror. 20.Re-paint your walls. 21.Read an article or summarise a short story a day. 22.Learn a new word a day too. 23.Become drunk with poetry. 24.Watch foreign films. 25.Buy mother a piece of jewellery with first salary. 26.Publish a book before you are 30. 27.Practice poetry. For fun. 28.Have a tattoo you will regret. 29.Put that bloody mobile phone down! Do not become a machine driven by machines! 30.Speak less. Listen more.

  5. District Attorney Kevin Steele:

    Any reference to pornography during the defendant's trial would be completely irrelevant and offered strictly for the purpose of issue confusion, misleading the jury, and/or delay.

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