Synonyms of purpose in English:

purpose


See definition of purpose

noun

1‘the main purpose of his visit’

SYNONYMS
motive, motivation, grounds, cause, impetus, occasion, reason, point, basis, justification

2‘the trade unions insisted that their purpose was not to subvert the market economy’

SYNONYMS
intention, aim, object, objective, goal, end, plan, scheme, target
ambition, aspiration, desire, wish, hope

3‘I cannot see any purpose in just saying no’

SYNONYMS
advantage, benefit, good, use, usefulness, value, merit, worth, gain, profit, avail, result, outcome, effect
informal mileage, percentage
archaic behoof, boot

4‘the original purpose of this large porch was to shelter pilgrims’

SYNONYMS
function, role
raison d'être

5‘Middlesbrough had started the game with more purpose and menace’

SYNONYMS
determination, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, firmness, firmness of purpose, steadfastness, backbone, drive, push, thrust, enthusiasm, ambition, initiative, enterprise, motivation, single-mindedness, commitment, conviction, dedication
informal get-up-and-go

verb

1‘they purposed to reach the summit that night’

SYNONYMS
intend, mean, aim, plan, design, have the intention, have in mind, have a mind
decide, resolve, determine, propose, have plans, set out, aspire, desire, want, wish, expect, hope
set one's sights on, have in view, contemplate, think of

Phrases

    on purpose

    ‘her mother made a terrible clatter with the plates on purpose’


    SYNONYMS

    deliberately, intentionally, purposely, by design, wilfully, calculatedly, premeditatedly, wittingly, knowingly, consciously

    in cold blood, of one's own volition

    expressly, explicitly, specifically, especially, specially

    to the purpose

    ‘it would not be to the purpose to take this figure as the standard’


    SYNONYMS

    pertinent, applicable, apposite, material, apropos, to the point, germane, admissible, relevant

    appropriate, apt, fitting, suitable, proper

    connected, related, linked

    ad rem

    rare

    appurtenant

    ANTONYMS

    irrelevant