Purpose etymology


English word purpose comes from Latin pro, Latin pausare, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) purposer (To propose; to make a proposition.)

Etymology of purpose

Detailed word origin of purpose

Dictionary entry Language Definition
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.
purposen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
purpose English (en) (intransitive) To have set as one's purpose; resolve to accomplish; intend; plan.. (obsolete, intransitive) To discourse.. (transitive, passive) To design for some purpose. (Can we add an example for this sense?).

Words with the same origin as purpose

Descendants of pro

purchase pure

Descendants of pausare

deposit expose exposure propose