answer (one's) purpose

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answer (one's) purpose

To be useful for a particular task. If that's the only paintbrush we have, I think it will answer my purpose.
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answer someone's purpose

 and serve someone's purpose
to fit or suit someone's aim or goal. This piece of wood will answer my purpose quite nicely. The new car serves our purpose perfectly.
See also: answer, purpose
References in classic literature ?
It looked clumsy, but the Tin Woodman was sure it was strong and would answer their purpose.
If they don't draw spectators, they don't answer their purpose.