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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Purpose

PUR'POSE, noun [Latin propositum, propono; pro, before, and pono, to set or place.]

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. We believe the Supreme Being created intelligent beings for some benevolent and glorious purpose and if so, how glorious and benevolent must be his purpose in the plan of redemption! The ambition of men is generally directed to one of two purposes, or to both; the acquisition of wealth or of power. We build houses for the purpose of shelter; we labor for the purpose of subsistence.

2. Intention; design. This sense, however, is hardly to be distinguished from the former; as purpose always includes the end in view.

Every purpose is established by counsel. Proverbs 20:18.

Being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Ephesians 1:11.

3. End; effect; consequence, good or bad. What good purpose will this answer? We sometimes labor to no purpose Men often employ their time, talents and money for very evil purposes.

To what purpose is this waste? Matthew 26:8.

4. Instance; example. [Not in use.]

5. Conversation. [Not in use.]

Of purpose on purpose with previous design; with the mind directed to that object. On purpose is more generally used, but the true phrase is of purpose

PUR'POSE, verb intransitive To intend; to design; to resolve; to determine on some end or object to be accomplished.

I have purposed it, I will also do it. Isaiah 46:11. Ephesians 3:11.

Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem. Acts 19:21.