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noun purpose pronunciation in American English /ˈpɜrpəs/
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singularpurpose
pluralpurposes
  1. 1
    [countable] the goal 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 a goal): Another meeting would serve absolutely no purpose.
    defeat the purpose of something (=make it impossible to achieve the goal that you want to achieve): Exercising for too long defeats the purpose of doing exercise in the first place.
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  2. 2
    [uncountable] a goal 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.
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