purpose


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purpose \Pur"pose\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purposed; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Purposing.] [OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]
   1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.]
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   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. --Chaucer.
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            Did nothing purpose against the state. -- Shak.
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            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.
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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.
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            He will his firste purpos modify.     --Chaucer.
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            As my eternal purpose hath decreed.   -- Milton.
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            The flighty purpose never is o'ertook
            Unless the deed go with it.           --Shak.
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   2. Proposal to another; discourse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   3. Instance; example. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
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   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.
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   Syn: design; end; intention; aim. See Design.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Purpose \Pur"pose\, v. i.
   To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.]
   --Spenser.
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