Definition of purposely in English:



  • On purpose; intentionally.

    ‘she had purposely made it difficult’
    • ‘From the kick off Celtics passing was a class act, with the ball moving around swiftly and purposely.’
    • ‘He said some local authorities are purposely turning a deaf ear to illegal weapons production.’
    • ‘Future generations can then enjoy the new amenities but will not rue the day we purposely destroyed the nature of the place.’
    • ‘We purposely didn't make a big deal of the twenty-fifth because we think every year is important.’
    • ‘I rolled my eyes, purposely intent on winding her up just for the hell of it.’
    • ‘These are purposely put on in these totalitarian societies as of way of subverting the population.’
    • ‘Sanrio designers have purposely limited her story to the barest of details.’
    • ‘A runaway winner at Sandown in February, he has purposely been kept fresh for this Merseyside jackpot bid.’
    • ‘The big mistake Takeshi made, however, was to purposely have the computer blood look fake.’
    • ‘It is a fine example of an old institution, purposely built which is now being used with a new future in education.’
    • ‘I fear the event might be misunderstood and purposely hooked on by designers and enemies.’
    • ‘Did you ever make the frog purposely get hit by a car just to see him splatter?’
    • ‘She would not purposely try to hurt you but if you asked her opinion, you would get it, even if it was not what you wanted to hear.’
    • ‘The half hour length of many TV programmes seems purposely designed to leave us craving for more.’
    • ‘Trip limits were purposely set so that everyone would have an equal chance.’
    • ‘Seth told us later that she purposely went over some big bumps, just cuz we were back there.’
    • ‘This cat and mouse tactic was purposely designed to provoke, enrage and panic the unemployed.’
    • ‘I entered the living room, purposely sitting at a distance to avoid father's tirade.’
    • ‘We played the basics of the song live and purposely left a lot of space for other elements to come in later.’
    • ‘On the rifle range, Wesley purposely missed the target on his first few tries.’
    deliberately, intentionally, on purpose, by design, wilfully, calculatedly, premeditatedly, wittingly, knowingly, consciously, in cold blood, of one's own volition
    expressly, explicitly, specifically, especially, specially, just
    with malice aforethought
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