purpose

n.

  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.
  2. Proposal to another; discourse.
  3. Instance; example.

v. t.

  1. To set forth; to bring forward.
  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.

v. i.

  1. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse.