4 on purpose:
6 for all practical purposes:
7 serve its purpose:
8 defeat the purpose:
9 to no purpose:
10 to the purpose: ---------
[Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: purpos, from purposer 'to intend', from Latin proponere; PROPOUND]
1 [C usually singular] the purpose of something is what it is intended to achieve: purpose of
-The purpose of this meeting is to elect a new chairman.
-What is the purpose of your visit?
the purpose of doing sth
-The purpose of conducting a business is to make money.
for/with the purpose of doing sth
-Troops were sent solely for the purpose of assisting refugees.
-He came here with the purpose of carrying out the attack.
sole/primary/main etc purpose
-The protection of children is the primary purpose of this legislation.
2 purposes [plural] the reasons that explain why something is needed or why it is considered in a particular way: -Several of the items had religious purposes .
for medical/political/decorative etc purposes
-It should be legitimate to use cannabis for medical purposes.
-For tax purposes , you will be treated as a married couple.
-The details are, for the present purposes , irrelevant.
for the purposes of sth
-For the purposes of this book, America is taken to include the continent north of Mexico.
3 [C] a plan or aim: -Nick had no particular purpose in mind when he started.
sb's purpose in doing sth
-Attending the race was not my purpose in coming to Indianapolis.
serve a purpose ( achieve a particular aim)
-It would serve no useful purpose to re-open the investigation.
4 on purpose: deliberately
do sth on purpose
-You make it sound as if I did it on purpose!
5 FEELING: [U] a feeling of determination to achieve things in life
-It's so important to have a sense of purpose that underlies human happiness
-My football career was over and I had no purpose in life .
-He possessed great strength of purpose .
6 for all practical purposes: also to all intents and purposes
used to say that something is so close to the truth that it can be considered to be the truth
-The war, to all intents and purposes, was over.
-We have a Secretary of State for Scotland who is for all practical purposes a Scottish Prime Minister.
7 serve its purpose: if something has served its purpose, it has done what you needed it to do
-We delete the data once it has served its purpose.
8 defeat the purpose: to fail to achieve the result you want
-Anxiety will cause tension, which defeats the purpose of the exercise ( the activity or plan) .
9 to no purpose: formal without any useful results
-She called after them, but to no purpose.
10 to the purpose: old-fashioned useful or helpful
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