Definition of purposefully in US English:



  • 1In a way that shows determination or resolve.

    ‘Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door’
    • ‘They slog purposefully, awaiting the report of the distant guns to herald the attack.’
    • ‘Olivia marches purposefully around the shop.’
    • ‘I leave the boss and stride purposefully to the colour printer to retrieve my latest set of glossy prints.’
    • ‘There were well-groomed sales negotiators talking purposefully on the phones trying hard to pitch a sale here and close another deal there.’
    • ‘Michelle completely ignored him and strode purposefully to the racks full of sniper rifles.’
    • ‘Purposefully, I squared my shoulders and pushed myself off the couch.’
    • ‘I swear as I march purposefully toward the direction of the morgue.’
    • ‘Niklas headed purposefully for the gramophone in the living room and let the sounds of cheerful Bavarian folk music fill the apartment.’
    • ‘I much prefer it when he strides purposefully through the office with a menacing glare.’
    • ‘The boss strode purposefully past the janitors, but then suddenly stopped.’
    • ‘Then she heads purposefully for the door.’
    • ‘He walked purposefully to the small nightstand by the motel bed and pulled a tissue from the box on top of the table.’
  • 2With a useful purpose.

    ‘how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?’
    • ‘Many political ecologists are purposefully engaged in such action.’
    • ‘I want the paintings clearly and purposefully hung, without trying to conceal or minimize the visual interruption.’
    • ‘The latter means that management can purposefully change the mix, introducing more market, for example, or less command.’
    • ‘Less purposefully, the president also attained the type of monetary policy that he had earlier sought.’
    • ‘There was some stuff going on there that wasn't entirely explained purposefully.’
    • ‘She organized them into an orderly set of people each working purposefully and productively.’
    • ‘We have to devise ways in which serious matters are seriously and purposefully discussed.’
    • ‘Live more purposefully: reassert your values and become more aware of your actions and motivations.’
    • ‘We can guide students more purposefully through their work as writers and use our responses to teach, not just to critique or grade.’
    • ‘Using this gift purposefully, we tap into a higher dimension of intelligence.’
    • ‘There is an inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.’
  • 3Intentionally and deliberately.

    ‘we purposefully avoided addressing the problem’
    ‘purposefully vague answers’
    • ‘Charlie stumbles as they purposefully trip him and push him down.’
    • ‘When I went to view the show, all I encountered was a purposefully composed, near derelict space.’
    • ‘The work wound down and the planned clean-up of the site was purposefully put aside.’
    • ‘Employing language that is purposefully stylized and mannered, it reads something like a perverse Lewis Carroll.’
    • ‘The acting is purposefully melodramatic and adds to the satirical atmosphere that runs through each scene.’
    • ‘They are thugs, delighting in purposefully tormenting him.’
    • ‘He's purposefully avoiding the questions about his own prior admissions.’
    • ‘Their purposefully chaotic show unites song, video and propaganda as the boys bid to convert us from eco-worriers to eco-warriors.’
    • ‘We purposefully picked the specific airline because it was the largest and most wellknown national carrier.’
    • ‘The reader is purposefully kept off-balance, not wholly in control of what they read.’
    • ‘Some chains purposefully advertise in markets before entering them.’