Purpose synonyms

pûr'pəs
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Any charitable, educational, or religious organization for helping persons in need
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An aim that guides action; an objective:
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Something worked toward or striven for; a goal.
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A mark formed by or as if by a sharp end.
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A result that one is attempting to achieve.
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The definition of an idea is a thought, belief, opinion or plan.
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A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy.
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(Philosophy) The study of the purpose or design of natural occurrences.
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(Slang) Cosmetic surgery performed on a (specified) body part
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To signify or mean:
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The definition of hope is a feeling of optimism or a desire that something will happen.
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The significance of a thing.
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A device used in aiming a projectile, through which the person aiming looks at the intended target
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(Uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
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The ultimate purpose for which something is created or intended.
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A visionary plan or project
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A plan, action, etc. proposed
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An object of such desire; an ambition.
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Steadfastness, as in purpose or affection; faithfulness.
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The state or characteristic of being resolute; determination or resolution.
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A plan; scheme; project
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The definition of aim means to point or direct or to try with a particular goal in mind.
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To have as a specific aim or purpose; intend:
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The definition of confidence is trust, faith, self-assurance or something told in secret.
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The addition of a differentia to a concept or notion, thus limiting its extent; -- the opposite of generalization.
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A set of religious doctrines; a body of dogma:
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Of or indicating direction:
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The definition of functional is something that is useful for its intended purpose.
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Having many phases.
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Having more than one purpose or use
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Having a purpose in mind; resolute; determined.
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Serving a particular purpose; adapted to a given purpose, especially through natural evolution. [from 19th c.]
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Of or pertaining to teleology; showing evidence of design or purpose.
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(Grammar) expressing end or purpose.
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The basic impulses and instincts which govern one's actions.
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A predetermined course of events considered as something beyond human power or control:
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A tool for enlarging or shaping holes
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An undisclosed plan, especially one with an ulterior motive.
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Movement or tendency to move resulting from this force; impetus
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The true meaning or intention of something, especially of a law.
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A particular system of principles for the conduct of life
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Intention; purpose:
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(Mathematics) The act or process of solving; solution.
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The extent to which something matters; importance
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To strive toward an end or condition:
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The definition of contemplate is to look at something, think about something or meditate about something for a long time.
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propose or intend
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To come to an end; terminate
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propose or intend
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The definition of mean is to have in mind as a purpose.
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To supply a motive for; motivate
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(Intransitive) Hence: To carry on a process of deduction or of induction, in order to convince or to confute; to formulate and set forth propositions and the inferences from them; to argue.
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To reach a decision or make a determination:
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propose or intend
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To consume, expend, or exhaust by use
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Task is something that has to be done.
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A point reached or gained:
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The cause or intention underlying a given action or situation:
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The state or quality of being decided.
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Firmness of character or action; determination:
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The state or quality of being decisive.
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(Physics, of a metal) Resistance to fracture when stressed
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Strong and fixed purpose; determination
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The strength of will to carry out one's decisions, wishes, or plans.
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To form a plan or intention for:
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To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).
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(Now rare except in phrases) To concern oneself with, to pay attention to. [from 15th c.]
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Something that can or should be done (usually in the phrase dos and don'ts).
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What one intends to do or achieve
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The subject of discourse; the point at issue.
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A certain indefinite number; certain ones (of)
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Something to look at, such as scenery.
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A strong wish or craving
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The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event.
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A course or line of development; a tendency toward a particular end or goal:
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The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder, - usually expressed with reference to a unit area of the cross section of the substance, as the number of pounds per square inch, or kilograms per square centimeter, necessary to produce rupture.
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The quality of being persistent; tenacity
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(Uncountable) The state of being purposeful.
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An alternative or extrinsic reason for doing something, especially when concealed or when differing from the stated or apparent reason.
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Synonym Study

  • Objective refers to a specific end that is capable of being reached her immediate objective is to pass the course
  • Object is used of an end that is the direct result of a need or desire the object of the discussion was to arouse controversy
  • End emphasizes the final result one hopes to achieve as distinct from the process of achieving it does a desirable end ever justify the use of immoral means?
  • Goal suggests laborious effort in striving to attain something the presidency was the goal of his ambition
  • Aim refers to a specific intention and connotes a directing of all efforts toward this his aim is to become a doctor
  • Intent , a somewhat formal term common in legal usage, connotes more deliberation assault with intent to kill
  • Intention is the general word implying a having something in mind as a plan or design, or referring to the plan had in mind
  • Purpose connotes a defined or specific resolution or determination in the plan had in mind I have a purpose in writing you
Find another word for purpose. In this page you can discover 89 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for purpose, like: mission, intention, objective, point, goal, idea, dream, teleology, job, intend and hope.