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  Purpose (Pur"pose) (?), n.
[OF. purpos, pourpos, propos, L. propositum. See Propound.]

1. That which a person sets before himself as an object to be reached or accomplished; the end or aim to which the view is directed in any plan, measure, or exertion; view; aim; design; intention; plan. "He will his first purpose modify." Chaucer. "As my eternal purpose hath decreed." Milton. "The flighty purpose never is o'ertook unless the deed go with it." Shak.
2. Proposal to another; discourse. [Obs.] Spenser.
3. Instance; example. [Obs.] L'Estrange.

-- In purpose, Of purpose, On purpose, with previous design; with the mind directed to that object; intentionally. On purpose is the form now generally used.

Synonyms -- design; end; intention; aim. See Design.
Purpose (Pur"pose), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Purposed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Purposing.]
[OF. purposer, proposer. See Propose.]

1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.]
2. To propose, as an aim, to one's self; to determine upon, as some end or object to be accomplished; to intend; to design; to resolve; -- often followed by an infinitive or dependent clause. Chaucer. "Did nothing purpose against the state." Shak. "I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time which is within the memory of men still living." Macaulay.
Purpose (Pur"pose), v. i.

To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.] Spenser.

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