purpose

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purpose

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
purpose

Plural
purposes

  1. A purpose is reason for doing something or for existing.
    • Antonym: none
    Coal is used for only three purposes: heating houses, generating electricity and making steel.
    The main purpose of the visit was to see the new building.

Verb[change]

Plain form
purpose

Third-person singular
purposes

Past tense
purposed

Past participle
purposed

Present participle
purposing

  1. (transitive) If you purpose to do something, you plan on doing it.
    • Antonym: none

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