Basic+ Word of the Day: purpose

prupose (noun) LISTEN

My purpose in life is to feed the hungry.

A purpose is the reason something exists, is done or made.

  • What is the purpose of today's meeting?
  • That job has no real purpose; it should be eliminated.

A purpose is also an intended goal or desired result.

  • His purpose in life is to give a home to street cats.
  • Rachel's purpose in losing weight was to look good in her bathing suit.

Common uses

on purpose: intentionally. Example: “Fred spilled the soup on purpose.”

Related words

repurpose: to give a new use to. Example: “They took the children’s dictionary and repurposed it for adult learners of English.”

In pop culture

Listen to Johnny Cash sing “Accidentally on Purpose.”

There are other meanings of purpose.
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