choose, prefer, select; mean business, buckle down, get down to work, take the bit in one's mouth; steel oneself, grit one's teeth, set one's jaw.
purposeful, adj. 1. practical, pragmatic, pragmatical, utilitarian, useable, useful, Obs. utile; applica-tory, workable, serviceable, practicable; realistic,sensible, commonsensical, commonsensible; down-to-earth; longheaded, hard-headed, businesslike, all-business, hard-nosed, unsentimental, Sl. nuts and bolts; ambitious, aimful, goal-oriented, far-sighted, farsee-ing; shrewd, planning, scheming, designing, Inf on the make.
2. determined, strong-willed, decided, decisive, resolved, settled, positive, sure, confirmed, committed, Law. peremptory; resolute, firm, steadfast, fixed, set, staunch, stanch, do-or-die, relentless, Inf. hellbent; unyielding, unfaltering, unwavering, unflagging; strongminded, intransigent, obdurate, stubborn, obstinate, mulish; constant, persevering, persistent, dogged, pertinacious, tenacious, Inf. stick-to-it-ive; diligent, sedulous, assiduous, industrious, hardworking, indefatigable, tireless, untiring; intent, earnest, avid, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, arduous.
purposeless, adj. 1. objectless, aimless, goalless, visionless, near-sighted, myopic, living for the present; targetless, without destination, wandering, rambling, lost; pointless, idealess, discursive, vacuous, empty.
2. impractical, unrealistic, nonpragmatic, nonprag-matical, nonutilitarian, nonuseable; nonapplicatory, nonworkable, nonserviceable, nonpracticable.
3. reasonless, motiveless, senseless, nonsensical; wanton, unnecessary, uncalled-for.
purposely, adv. 1. intentionally, with intent, deliberately, on purpose, of set purpose; willfully, decidedly, determinedly, resolutely, with presence of mind; volitionally, voluntarily, of one's own free will, of one's own accord, on one's own initiative, on one's own; meditatedly, meditatively, studiously, considerately, thoughtfully; premeditatedly, premeditatingly, with aforethought, predeterminately; preconcertedly, designedly, by design, wittingly, knowingly, with one's eyes wide open; calculatedly, methodically, systematically, in cold blood, dispassionately, coolly, calmly, collectedly, composedly.
2. expressly, just, precisely, exactly; specifically, specially, especially, in particular, with [s.t.] in mind, for just such an occasion, purposively.
purse, n. 1. change purse, wallet, Fr. porte-mon-naie, moneybag, (in Scottish Highland costume) sporran; case, carrying case, tote bag, satchel, sack, pouch, pocket.
2. handbag, bag, pocketbook, shoulder bag, clutch or clutch purse, evening bag, disco bag.
3. (all of money) present, gift; prize, award, reward.
4. means, resources, capital, finances, income, revenue, profit, gain, lucre, Sl. velvet, Sl. gravy; wherewithal, funds, money, cash, ready cash, U.S. bankroll, cold or hard cash, Inf. pocket; paper money, bills, greenbacks, dollars, Sl. wad; Sl. dough, U.S. Sl. bucks, Sl. shekels, Sl. bread; wealth, substance, riches, Disparaging, pelf, mammon, affluence, opulence, fortune, millions, billions.
-v. 5. pucker, gather, shirr, pleat, ruck, ruffle, draw together; compress, shrink, shrivel, wither, contract, furrow, squeeze, tighten; knit, crinkle, corrugate, wrinkle, crease, rumple.
pursuance, n. (all of a plan, course or injunction) following, doing, carrying out, execution, performance, discharge; bringing about, effecting, effectuating, production; fulfillment, completion, achievement, accomplishment, attainment.