serve (someone's) purpose

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serve (someone's) purpose

To fit or satisfy someone's requirements; to be useful for or fit to achieve someone's aim, goal, or purpose. Well, it isn't a very pretty car, but it should serve our purpose just fine. Child: "But mom, I want a smartphone!" Mother: "Nonsense, the cell phone you already have serves your purpose just fine."
See also: purpose, serve
References in classic literature ?
Sir Palmer,'' said Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert scornfully, ``this assumed forgetfulness, after so much has been remembered, comes too late to serve your purpose.
And you shall have a hundred thousand crowns If that will serve your purpose.
Now, the question is, whether, for some time to come at all events, he won't serve your purpose better than twenty of the kind of people you would get under ordinary circumstances.