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 ?
Bill Totts had served his purpose, but he had become a too dangerous accomplice.
A key aspect of Erasmus' project was the careful "confection" of the image of himself that most served his purposes, and testimony to his success is the extent to which this image was accepted both in his own time and subsequently, right to the present day.