Purposed



[pur-puh s] /ˈpɜr pəs/

noun
1.
the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
2.
an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
3.
determination; resoluteness.
4.
the subject in hand; the point at issue.
5.
practical result, effect, or advantage:
to act to good purpose.
verb (used with object), purposed, purposing.
6.
to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.
7.
to intend; design.
8.
to resolve (to do something):
He purposed to change his way of life radically.
verb (used without object), purposed, purposing.
9.
to have a purpose.
Idioms
10.
on purpose, by design; intentionally:
How could you do such a thing on purpose?
11.
to the purpose, relevant; to the point:
Her objections were not to the purpose.
/ˈpɜːpəs/
noun
1.
the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists
2.
a fixed design, outcome, or idea that is the object of an action or other effort
3.
fixed intention in doing something; determination: a man of purpose
4.
practical advantage or use: to work to good purpose
5.
that which is relevant or under consideration (esp in the phrase to or from the purpose)
6.
(archaic) purport
7.
on purpose, intentionally
verb (transitive)
8.
to intend or determine to do (something)
n.

c.1300, “intention, aim, goal,” from Anglo-French purpos, Old French porpos “aim, intention” (12c.), from porposer “to put forth,” from por- “forth” (from Latin pro- “forth;” see pur-) + Old French poser “to put, place” (see pose (v.1)). On purpose “by design” is attested from 1580s; earlier of purpose (early 15c.).
v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French purposer “to design,” Old French porposer “to intend, propose,” variant of proposer (see propose).
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