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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Purpose \Pur"pose\, n. [OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum. See Propound.] 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. [1913 Webster] He will his firste purpos modify. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] As my eternal purpose hath decreed. -- Milton. [1913 Webster] The flighty purpose never is o'ertook Unless the deed go with it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Proposal to another; discourse. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. Instance; example. [Obs.] --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] In purpose, Of purpose, On purpose, with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used. [1913 Webster] Syn: design; end; intention; aim. See Design. [1913 Webster]