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.
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