pur·pose / ˈpərpəs/ • n. the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists: the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee the building is no longer needed for its original purpose. ∎ a person's sense of resolve or determination: there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off. ∎ (usu. purposes) a particular requirement or consideration, typically one that is temporary or restricted in scope or extent: pensions are considered as earned income for tax purposes.• v. [tr.] formal have as one's intention or objective: God has allowed suffering, even purposed it.PHRASES: on purpose intentionally.to no purpose with no result or effect; pointlessly.to the purpose relevant or useful: you may have heard something from them that is to the purpose.