purpose
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purpose(
puhr
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puhs
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (intention)
a. el propósito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What is the purpose of your call?¿Cuál es el propósito de tu llamada?
b. el objetivo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The purpose of the project is to improve security.El objetivo del proyecto es mejorar la seguridad.
2. (use)
a. el uso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This room has no purpose at all.No le damos ningún uso a esta habitación.
3. (determination)
a. la determinación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His purpose was as strong as ever.Su determinación era más fuerte que nunca.
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purpose
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (object, aim)
a. el propósito m, objeto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
on purposeadrede, a propósito
to be to no purposeser en vano
what is the purpose of your visit?¿cuál es el objeto de su visita?
they have a real sense of purposesaben lo que quieren (conseguir)
2. (use)
a. la finalidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
to serve a purposetener una utilidad or finalidad
to serve no purposeno servir para nada
to serve somebody's purpose(s)ser útil a los propósitos de alguien
for all practical purposesa efectos prácticos
for the purposes ofa efectos de
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purpose [ˈpɜːpəs]
noun
1 (intention) propósito (m); objetivo (m)
we all shared a common purpose todos teníamos el mismo propósito or objetivo; she has a purpose in life tiene un objetivo or una meta or un norte en la vida; what was your purpose in going? ¿con qué intención fuiste?
what is the purpose of the meeting? secrecy was essential to our purposes the purpose of the occasion was to raise money for medical supplies they might well be prepared to do you harm in order to achieve their purpose his sole purpose was to undermine my work his purpose was to make a profit by improving the company's performance it's a film with a purpose
purpose of visit (on official form) motivo del viaje
I put that there for a purpose he puesto eso ahí a propósito or por una razón
this is good enough for our purposes esto sirve para nuestros fines; he exploited her talent for his own purposes explotó su talento en beneficio propio; for all practical purposes en la práctica; for the purposes of this meeting para los fines de esta reunión; for the purpose of doing sth con el fin de hacer algo
for our purposes we may disregard this for all practical purposes the treaty has already ceased to exist she had to be disguised and had bought a wig for [the] purpose for [this] purpose various insurance schemes already exist for this purpose in a box placed for [that] purpose the buildings are now used as a prison, but they weren't built for that purpose for the purposes of this Act we were given the loan for the purpose of buying a car the use of nuclear energy for [military] purposes
on purpose a propósito; adrede
was it an accident or did he do it on purpose? he did it on purpose to annoy me sorry, I didn't do it on purpose
with the purpose of con el fin de
they purchased a flat with the purpose of renting it out I set up in business with the purpose of making a profit
2 (use) uso (m); utilidad (f)
what is the purpose of this tool? ¿qué uso or utilidad tiene esta herramienta?; it wasn't designed for this purpose no se diseñó para este fin or uso
to [answer] [serve] a purpose it serves a variety of purposes
to good purpose provechosamente
the money will be used to good purpose he used his past experience to good purpose
it was all to no purpose todo fue inútil or en vano
he was wearing himself out to no purpose
you can adapt it to your own purposes lo puede adaptar a sus necesidades
it serves no useful purpose no tiene uso práctico; no tiene utilidad práctica
a black coat would hardly answer the purpose here he was asked about casualties, but said it would serve no purpose to count bodies to [answer] [serve] sb's purpose it may not be a palace but it serves my purpose to have [served] one's purpose most of them are destroyed because they've served their purpose everything she said was pointed and [to] the purpose to [little] purpose all of this work is to little purpose if no finance is available ships are to little purpose without skillful seamen
3 (determination) resolución (f); determinación (f)
his activities seem to lack purpose they accused the government of lacking purpose in handling national affairs she has given them a [sense] of purpose
to have a sense of purpose tener un rumbo en la vida
he has no sense of purpose no tiene rumbo en la vida
the teachers are enthusiastic and have a sense of purpose
she has great strength of purpose tiene muchísima resolución or determinación; es muy resuelta
transitive verb
to purpose doing sth/to do sth proponerse or planear hacer algo
I had not purposed to leave before nightfall
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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