(Pur"pose), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purposing.] [OF. purposer, proposer.
1. To set forth; to bring forward. [Obs.]
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. Chaucer.
Did nothing purpose against the state.Shak.
I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time
which is within the memory of men still living.Macaulay.
(Pur"pose), v. i. To have a purpose or intention; to discourse. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Pur"posed*ly) adv. In a purposed manner; according to purpose or design; purposely.
A poem composed purposedly of the Trojan war. Holland.
(Pur"pose*ful) a. Important; material. "Purposeful accounts." Tylor. Pur"pose*ful*ly, adv.
(Pur"pose*less), a. Having no purpose or result; objectless. Bp. Hall. Pur"pose*less*ness,
(Pur"pose*ly), adv. With purpose or design; intentionally; with predetermination; designedly.
In composing this discourse, I purposely declined all offensive and displeasing truths.Atterbury.
So much they scorn the crowd, that if the throngPope.
By chance go right, they purposely go wrong.
1. One who brings forward or proposes anything; a proposer. [Obs.]
2. One who forms a purpose; one who intends.
(Pur"po*sive) a. Having or indicating purpose or design. "Purposive characters." Bastian.
Purposive modification of structure in a bone.Owen.
It is impossible that the frog should perform actions morepurposive than these.Huxley.