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noun Pur"pose
  1. That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure, or exertion; view; aim; design; intention; plan."He will his firste purpos modify." [Chaucer.]"As my eternal purpose hath decreed." [ Milton.]"The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the deed go with it." [Shak.]
  2. Proposal to another; discourse.(Obs)
  3. Instance; example.(Obs)
    synonyms: design; end; intention; aim. See Design.

Etymology: OF. purpos pourpos propos, L. propositum. See Propound

verb Pur"pose
  1. To set forth; to bring forward.(Obs)
  2. To propose, as an aim, to one's self; to determine upon, as some end or object to be accomplished; to intend; to design; to resolve; -- often followed by an infinitive or dependent clause."Did nothing purpose against the state." [ Shak.]"I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time which is within the memory of men still living." [Macaulay.]

Etymology: OF. purposer proposer. See Propose

verb Pur"pose
To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose ("he is a man of purpose")
  2. What something is used for
  3. An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  4. Reach a decision
  5. Propose or intend

From Middle English purpos, from Old French purposer (“to propose”), from Latin prō (“forth”) + pausāre, present active infinitive of pausō (“halt, cease, pause”).

  1. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.
  2. A result that is desired; an intention.
  3. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.
  4. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
  5. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.
    The of turning off the lights overnight is to save energy.
  6. (obsolete) Instance; example.

From Middle English purposen, from Old French purposer (“to propose”)

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    Fun Facts about the name Purpose

    • How Popular is the name Purpose? Purpose is the 64,912th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Purpose have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Purpose in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Purpose? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2008 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • What year had the most people named Purpose born? The highest recorded use of the first name Purpose was in 2017 with a total of 6 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Purpose: Your name in reverse order is Esoprup. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Upospre. How do you pronounce that?

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    Past life for Purpose born May 13, 2005

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Eastern Australia approximately on 1375. Your profession was preacher, publisher, and scribbler of ancient inscriptions.

    Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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