answer purpose

(redirected from serve purpose)

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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Museveni to stop meddling in South Sudanese internal affairs and restraint him from uttering statements that don't serve purpose of peace and reconciliation in South Sudan but fueling violence Urges Mr.
It might serve purpose again, but don't tell the wife.
If this report apology are to serve purpose, this must watershed moment.
This will help organisations like us understand who we should serve or we could end up providing services to everyone which won't serve purpose.
We had five meetings but no concrete decision came out, as only discussing things do not serve purpose, I am afraid this one would also prove as useless unless we work out solutions, we have to be more assertive in our recommendations, seNATOr Abbas Khan, a member of the committee remarked.
The Memorial will serve purpose for not only those who died in the September 11th attacks, but those who lost their lives in the February 26, 1993 attacks as well.
Chief Justice Roberts said, "The institution (of marriage) developed to serve purposes that, by their nature, didn't include homosexual couples.
backed Shah Mohammad Pahlavi, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran's defense did not serve purposes of "expansionism and aggression against other countries" and that it was "deterrent" by nature, Iran's state-run (http://www.
In turn, Albanian sculptor Genti Tavanxhiu said he knows Syria and its people's love for life and positive outlook on the future quite well, saying that misleading channels are attempting to distort the reality of what is happening to serve purposes targeting Syria and its stability.
The statement underlines that anyone knows pertinently that the agenda and programmes of this channel are marked by ambiguity, lack of discernment and constant choice of sensationalism and misinterpretation of facts, while seeking to manipulate events to serve purposes known by all in order to undermine the peace and stability prevailing in Tunisia.
These allegations, which are being spread by certain parties, seek to serve purposes and designs which have nothing to do with human rights," he said.
Covert operations invariably involve deception: front groups that aren't what they appear to be, hidden interests that masquerade under false pretexts, and ostensibly "respectable" individuals who serve purposes other than those announced.
March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new NanoMarkets report, printing will serve as a key manufacturing strategy to help thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV) serve purposes in that cannot be created easily with traditional photovoltaics (PV).