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Synonyms for purpose
ˈpɜr pəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design(noun)

    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, use(noun)

    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, purpose(verb)

    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, propose(verb)

    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, resolve(verb)

    reach a decision

    "he resolved never to drink again"

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

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. purpose(v)

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

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

  2. purpose(n)

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

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

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. telos

    telos means the ultimate end or purpose of something.

    Submitted by JP03 on March 26, 2015  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. purpose(n.)

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

  2. purpose(v. a.)

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

  3. purpose(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    intend, design, mean, have in mind

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