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serve the purpose

To fit or satisfy the necessary requirements; to be useful for or fit to achieve some aim, goal, or purpose. Well, it isn't a very pretty car, but it should serve the purposes of our mission. Child: "But mom, I want a smartphone!" Mother: "Nonsense, the cell phone you have serves the purpose just fine."
See also: purpose, serve
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At the back of the estrade, and attached to a moveable partition dividing this schoolroom from another beyond, was a large tableau of wood painted black and varnished; a thick crayon of white chalk lay on my desk for the convenience of elucidating any grammatical or verbal obscurity which might occur in my lessons by writing it upon the tableau; a wet sponge appeared beside the chalk, to enable me to efface the marks when they had served the purpose intended.
A lively altercation between us (in which Percival, previously instructed by me, refused to interfere) served the purpose in view.
About the walls were a number of flaming torches stuck in holes in a clay plaster which evidently served the purpose of preventing the inflammable wood and grasses of which the hut was composed from being ignited by the flames.
Here, as he instinctively grasped the reins, as drowning men seize at straws, he admirably served the purpose of an anchor.
The stranger took off his hat, and disclosed the hard features of a man of sixty or thereabouts, much weatherbeaten and worn by time, and the naturally harsh expression of which was not improved by a dark handkerchief which was bound tightly round his head, and, while it served the purpose of a wig, shaded his forehead, and almost hid his eyebrows.
I sent you back certain articles of costume when they had served the purpose for which I took them to London.
The old library card served the purpose of protecting library assets from theft and even from some vandalism.
It didn't survive for long, but while it did it served the purpose for which it was launched, according to its editor, Victoria Mason, of the defunct Y2K Telecom Alert, of Washington, D.
We believe the BCLTC has served the purpose for which it was created," said Canfor President and CEO, Jim Shepherd.
Accordingly, the retention of a two class stock structure no longer served the purpose for which it was originally intended.