(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. intention, determination, resolution, resolve; end, aim, view.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Aim]
Syn. intention, end, goal, mission, objective, object, idea, design, hope, resolve, meaning, view, scope, deSire, dream, expectation, ambition, intent, destination, direction, scheme, prospect, proposal, target, aspiration; see also plan 2 .
2. [Resolution]
Syn. tenacity, constancy, persistence; see confidence 2 , determination 2 , faith 1 .
on purpose,
Syn. purposefully, intentionally, designedly; see deliberately .
to good purpose,
Syn. profitably, usefully, advantageously; see helpfully .
to little ( or [m1]no) purpose,
Syn. profitlessly, uselessly, worthlessly; see unnecessarily .
to the purpose,
Syn. to the point, pertinent, apt; see relevant .
Syn.- purpose connotes a defined or specific resolution or determination in the plan had in mind [ I have a purpose in writing you ] ; intention is the general word implying a having something in mind as a plan or design, or referring to the plan had in mind; intent , a somewhat formal term common in legal usage, connotes more deliberation [ assault with intent to kill ] ; aim refers to a specific intention and connotes a directing of all efforts toward this [ his aim is to become a doctor ] ; goal suggests laborious effort in striving to attain something [ the presidency was the goal of his ambition ] ; end emphasizes the final result one hopes to achieve as distinct from the process of achieving it [ does a deSirable end ever justify the use of immoral means? ] ; object is used of an end that is the direct result of a need or deSire [ the object of the discussion was to arouse controversy ] ; objective refers to a specific end that is capable of being reached [ her immediate objective is to pass the course ] v.
Syn. intend, aim, plan, propose; see intend 1 .
See Synonym Study at intend .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. intention aim, intent, object, objective, motivation, motive, goal, design, reason, plan, driving, force, point.
2. determination resolve, will, single-mindedness, drive, persistence, tenacity.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The proper activity of a person or thing: function, job, role, task. See DO. 2. What one intends to do or achieve: aim, ambition, design, end, goal, intent, intention, mark, meaning, object, objective, point, target, view, why. Idioms: end in view, why and wherefore. See PLANNED, PURPOSE. 3. Unwavering firmness of character, action, or will: decidedness, decision, decisiveness, determination, firmness, pur-posefulness, resoluteness, resolution, resolve, toughness, will, willpower. See CERTAIN, STRONG. II verb To have in mind as a goal or purpose: aim, contemplate, design, intend, mean1, plan, project, propose, target. Regional: mind. See PLANNED, PURPOSE.

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