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- (idiomatic) With purpose; intentionally; purposely.
- (archaic) For the purpose; for that specific reason.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:
- Blifil bowed and stammered, and looked like a fool; but Western, without giving him time to form a speech for the purpose, answered, “Well, well, I am to blame, if you will, I always am, certainly; but come, let the girl be fetched back again, or let Mr Blifil go to her.——He’s come up on purpose, and there is no time to be lost.”
purposely, with intention