serve (one's) purpose

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serve (one'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."
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serve a, his, its, etc. ˈpurpose

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serve the ˈpurpose (of doing something)

(British English also serve his, its, etc. ˈturn) be useful for a particular purpose or period of time; be good or useful enough for somebody: It’s not a very good radio, but it serves its purpose.He used his friends and then abandoned them when they had served their turn.
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Natural gas turbines market have improved significantly too, working as a combustion engines that can serve purpose of converting natural gas into mechanical energy, which can be then used to feed a generator that can transform it into electrical energy.
There are too many pets that are purchased then abandoned when they no longer serve purpose.
Natural gas turbines have improved significantly too, working as a combustion engines that can serve purpose of converting natural gas into mechanical energy, which can be then used to feed a generator that can transform it into electrical energy.
'Now, electricity is being provided to consumers at Rs2 per unit,' he said, adding that it didn't serve purpose that one should deliver speeches against the Kalabagh dam project and then sit at home.
ISLAMABAD -- Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arranged training of 12,458 individuals from all walks of life to serve purpose of controlling cyber crimes during last four years.
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." Savile died in aged 84.
"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."
Eastin Hotels brand's target customers are value hunters looking for comfort and convenience at the right price with maximum flexibility to serve purpose of their visit, whether business or pleasure.
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It may also be able to serve purpose as a handy reference book.