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noun     purpose pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] the aim that someone wants to achieve, or that something is intended to achieve

    I use my boat mainly for leisure purposes.

    purpose of:

    The purpose of this dictionary is to help students of English.

    the purpose of doing something:

    The President’s trip will have the purpose of negotiating a peace deal.

    for the purpose of doing something:

    He went there for the purpose of making business contacts.

    someone’s purpose in doing something:

    Her sole purpose in being here was to kill some time.

    suit someone’s purpose:

    You must decide which method suits your purpose best.

    serve a purpose (=achieve an aim):

    Another meeting would serve absolutely no purpose.

    defeat the purpose of something (=make it impossible to achieve the aim that you want to achieve):

    Exercising for too long defeats the purpose of doing exercise in the first place.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] an aim or meaning in your life because there is something that you want to achieve

    Now his life lacks purpose.

    a sense of purpose:

    The course gave her a new sense of purpose.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to use/put something to good purpose to use something in such a way that it will be helpful or useful

    We need to know how to use our available resources to good purpose.

    Submitted by Prakash Chandra Patel from India on 11/07/2016
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to work to good purpose to be to someone's advantage/benefit

    Regular reading is not only to good effect for your mind but also works to good purpose for your success as a journalist of repute.

    Submitted by Prakash Chandra Patel from India on 03/10/2016
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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