serve a purpose

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serve a 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 very flashy, but this old truck ought to serve a purpose somewhere on the ranch. I hope that my lessons served a purpose in my students' lives.
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Serve a (useful) purpose

to be useful in accomplishing some purpose. This large book should serve a useful purpose. We can use it for a doorstop.
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serve a purpose

Also, serve one's or the purpose . Be useful, meet the needs or requirements, satisfy, as in I don't know why they've added all this information but it probably serves a purpose, or It often serves his purpose to be vague, or We don't have a spading fork but this shovel should serve the purpose. This idiom was first recorded in 1513.
See also: purpose, serve
References in classic literature ?
There were many permitted ways to serve one's country.
Kauffman here defines life as being present in any system that reproduces itself and completes at least one thermodynamic work cycle--any activity involved in manipulating the surrounding environment to serve one's needs This startling theory suggests, among other things, that the "way [Isaac] Newton, [Albert] Einstein, and [Niels] Bohr taught us to do science may be incomplete," says Kauffman.
Negative assertiveness more often than not, is group oriented, and it means following the group, and believing that other more assertive individuals can serve one's personal goals better than self.