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Definition of purpose:

  1. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.

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nominate, intent, task, part, subprogram, shoot for, firmness, designing, occasion, role, heading, employment, mind, adjudicate, intend, usage, conception, affair, place, use, pop the question, blueprint, pattern, objective, designedly, proposal, usance, direct, object, ambition, view, excogitation, settle, bearing, direction, decide, suggest, desire, train, decisiveness, destination, function, mission, dissolve, determination, intention, consumption, draw a bead on, expectation, toughness, resoluteness, prospect, office, break up, aspire, mark, single-valued function, ambition, mean, scope, economic consumption, enjoyment, finding, use of goods and services, conclude, hope, aspiration, routine, idea, why, tendency, do, willpower, mathematical function, persona, subroutine, declare oneself, plan, view, propose, invention, figure, certain, decidedness, innovation, goal, offer, social occasion, resolve, conclusion, dream, intentionally, strong, advise, purport, utilisation, exercise, will, resolution, end, utilization, aim, map, spirit, decision, answer, deliberately, character, take, mapping, manipulation, calculate, scheme, theatrical role, design, take aim, inclination, procedure, habit, contemplate, get, target, drive, purposefulness, social function, planned, solve.

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