purpose etymology

English word purpose comes from Old French purposer (to propose, put forth) and later Old French purpos (aim goal)

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Detailed word origin of purpose

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
pro Latin (lat) About. According to. As befitting. As, like. Before. For. In front, instead of. On behalf of.
pausare Latin (lat)
purposer Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To propose; to make a proposition.
purpos Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
purpose English (eng) (obsolete) Instance; example.. A result that is desired; an intention.. An object to be reached; a target; an aim; a goal.. The act of intending to do something; resolution; determination.. The reason for which something is done, or the reason it is done in a particular way.. The subject of discourse; the point at issue.

Words with the same origin as purpose

Descendants of pro
purchase pure
Descendants of pausare
deposit expose exposure pose proposal propose proposition suppose