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Synonyms 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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. purposeverb

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

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

  2. purposenoun

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

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

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

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Editors Contribution

  1. mission

    many companies begin their existence with a "mission statement" it is their purpose for existence.

    "i think that you have gotten off the track of your initial mission and need to re-think your strategy."

    Submitted by JP03 on January 19, 2015  
  2. ikigai

    Submitted by anonymous on April 19, 2020  
  3. telos

    telos means the ultimate end or purpose of something.

    Submitted by JP03 on March 26, 2015  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. purposenoun

    Synonyms:
    aim, intent, intention, design, object, end, drift, view, final cause

  2. purposeverb

    Synonyms:
    intend, design, mean, meditate, think of, have in mind, resolve upon, propose to one's self

  3. purposeverb

    Synonyms:
    intend, design, mean, have in mind

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. purposenoun

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

  2. purposeverb

    Synonyms:
    intend, design, contemplate

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How to use purpose in a sentence?

  1. Malcolm Forbes:

    The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one

  2. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay:

    Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilized people is poetical.

  3. James Baldwin:

    The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.

  4. Robert Vallieres:

    Finding rhythm or purpose in life besides myself.

  5. Bhagavad Gita:

    As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose.


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