on purpose

on pur·pose
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on, awn pur-puh s]
    • /ɒn, ɔn ˈpɜr pəs/
    • /ɒn ˈpɜːpəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn pur-puh s]
    • /ɒn, ɔn ˈpɜr pəs/

Definitions of on purpose words

  • noun on purpose the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc. 1
  • noun on purpose an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. 1
  • noun on purpose determination; resoluteness. 1
  • noun on purpose the subject in hand; the point at issue. 1
  • noun on purpose practical result, effect, or advantage: to act to good purpose. 1
  • verb with object on purpose to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself. 1

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Origin of on purpose

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English purpos < Old French, derivative of purposer, variant of proposer to propose; (v.) Middle English purposen < Anglo-French, Old French purposer

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Parts of speech for On purpose


on purpose popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

on purpose usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for on purpose

adv on purpose

  • by design — If something happens or is done by design, someone does it deliberately, rather than by accident.
  • consciously — aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
  • deliberately — carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
  • designedly — by intention or design; on purpose; deliberately
  • determinedly — resolute; staunch: the determined defenders of the Alamo.

adverb on purpose

  • advisedly — If you say that you are using a word or expression advisedly, you mean that you have deliberately chosen to use it, even though it may sound unusual, wrong, or offensive, because it draws attention to what you are saying.
  • apurpose — (dialect) on purpose; deliberately.
  • calculatedly — in a calculated manner
  • calculatingly — In a calculating manner.
  • designed — made or done intentionally; intended; planned.

adjective on purpose

  • conscious — If you are conscious of something, you notice it or realize that it is happening.
  • intended — purposed; designed; intentional: an intended snub.

Antonyms for on purpose

adverb on purpose

  • accidentally — happening by chance or accident; not planned; unexpected: an accidental meeting.

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