What does "위해" mean in the below text?

I'm trying to translate a post on O.LAB's Facebook page. Here is the first sentence:


본래 다양한 형태의
극보수적-반근대적 운동들을
폭넓게 가리키기 위해 사용되는 용어.

I'm just a beginner. This is the most complex thing I've attempted so far. I had to look up most of the words, and eventually I cheated and just used Google Translate, which got me on the right track:


A term used to broadly denote various conservative-anti-modern movements in nature.

So I think I understand the purpose and meaning of all of the words in there now, except for 위해. Here, it does not seem to mean...

What does this word mean here?

  • 위해 = 위하여 -> in order to
    – user17915
    Commented Dec 22, 2018 at 2:18

1 Answer 1


-기 위해(서) here means "to"/"in order to".

When you attach -기 위해(서) to verbs, it becomes "to + verb".

For example :

채소를 사기 위해(서) 시장에 갔다.

(I went to the market to buy vegetables).

책을 빌리기 위해(서) 도서관에 갈 것이다.

(I'm going to go to the library to borrow a book).

You can also attach 위해(서) to nouns as well. When you do this, you don't need to add -기. You add 을/를 instead.

More : I wrote the -서 inside ( ) because they are, most of the time, omitted.

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