a means to an end
►Something that you are not interested in but that you do because it will help you to achieve something else.
--Mike doesn't have any professional ambitions. For him, work is just a means to an end. (not used with the)
►Showing great courage or confidence in a way that is impressive or slightly shocking
--His plan was audacious, and could have come only from a man combining cunning with iron determination.
see something through
►To continue doing something until it is finished, especially something difficult or unpleasant.
--It'll take a lot of effort to see the project through.
►[uncountable] The act of choosing someone or something for a particular purpose, or of giving them a particular description.
--Lott opposed the designation of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday.
►[countable] A name or title.
--Her official designation is Systems Manager.
►[transitive] To expect that something will happen and be ready for it.
--Schools anticipate an increase in student test scores.
►[countable] Someone who starts a new business or arranges business deals in order to make money, often in a way that involves financial risks.
--In the very early stages of the evolution of a business concern, the entrepreneur is not much concerned with security.
►Having such a great effect on you that you feel confused and do not know how to react.
--She found the city quite overwhelming when she first arrived.
►A thin book giving information or advertising something.
►[countable] A special plan of food, exercise etc that is intended to improve your health.
►[countable] A written request signed by a lot of people, asking someone in authority to do something or change something.
--A petition signed by 1000 hospital doctors will be handed to the Minister of Health at lunchtime today.
[intransitive and transitive]
►To ask the government or an organization to do something by sending them a petition.
petition somebody to do something--Villagers petitioned the local authority to provide better bus services.