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.
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References in classic literature ?
There was no place near us which would in any way answer our purpose, so turning our backs upon Nukuheva, we commenced exploring the unknown regions which lay upon the other side of the mountain.
That is just the thing I have been driving at,' replied I; 'and I am thinking that this ravine will exactly answer our purpose, for it is roomy, secluded, well watered, and may shelter us from the weather.
Very true," said the curate; "but we the others must look about for accommodating shepherdesses that will answer our purpose one way or another.