The matter at hand; the point at issue. The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal: "And ever those, who would enjoyment gain/Must find it in the purpose they pursue\u201d ( Sarah Josepha Hale). A result or effect that is intended or desired; an intention. See Synonyms at intention. Determination; resolution: He was a man of purpose. To intend or resolve to perform or accomplish. on purpose Intentionally; deliberately. to good purpose With good results. little With few or no results.