serve a purpose

idiom

: to have a particular use or function : to be useful or helpful in some way
Everything on the boat serves a purpose.

Examples of serve a purpose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though ships now can navigate via GPS, the flashing light and bellowing horn still serve a purpose, Foregger tells his guests. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 These volunteers serve a purpose greater than themselves. Thomas Bostick, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2023 Both approaches serve a purpose, which is why in my opinion both are necessary for true portfolio diversification. Eric Satz, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Public sector employees serve a purpose greater than themselves. Thomas Bostick, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2023 However, these elements also serve a purpose; for example, the shape of the butterfly roof helps to naturally cool the interiors. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2023 That isn't to say that Walmart's stable of digital-native brands didn't serve a purpose early on. George Anderson, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Both Elliott and Pollard can be effective runners and serve a purpose for the Cowboys. Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2022 However, as Charlee Atkins C.S.C.S. explains, the Bosu ball can serve a purpose when used appropriately; namely, as a platform to hone your stability. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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“Serve a purpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serve%20a%20purpose. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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