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purpose (n.)

14世纪 , purpus ,"意图、目的、目标;要保持的对象;某物存在的适当功能",来自英法 purpos ,古法 porpos "目的、意图"(12世纪),来自 porposer "提出",来自 por- "提出"(来自拉丁文 pro- "提出;"的变体,见 pur- )+古法 poser "提出、放置"(见 pose (v.1))。

词源上相当于拉丁文 propositium "提议或打算的事情",但显然在法语中形成了相同的元素。从14世纪中叶开始,作为"话语的主题,叙事的主题(相对于离题),因此。 to the purpose "适当"(14世纪末)。 On purpose "经设计,有意"从1580年代开始得到证明;更早的 of purpose (15世纪初)。

Origin and meaning of purpose

purpose (v.)

14世纪末, purposen ,"打算(做或成为某事);提出考虑,提议",来自英法 purposer "设计",古法语 purposerporposer "打算,提议", proposer "提议,推进,建议"的变体(见 propose )。

一般带不定式。不及物意义上的"打算或设计"到15世纪中叶据《世纪词典》记载,"动词应在最后一个音节上重音(如 proposecompose ,等),但它已符合名词",名词完全来自拉丁语,而动词则部分来源不同(见 pose (n.2))。

Origin and meaning of purpose

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Definitions of purpose from WordNet
1
purpose (n.)
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions;
Synonyms: intent / intention / aim / design
purpose (n.)
what something is used for;
Synonyms: function / role / use
purpose (n.)
the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose;
he is a man of purpose
Synonyms: determination
2
purpose (v.)
propose or intend;
Synonyms: aim / purport / propose
purpose (v.)
reach a decision;
Synonyms: resolve
From wordnet.princeton.edu