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noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of intention

  • : the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of intention

  1. 1 :  a determination to act in a certain way :  resolve

  2. 2 :  import, significance

  3. 3 a :  what one intends to do or bring about b :  the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered

  4. 4 :  a process or manner of healing of incised wounds

  5. 5 :  concept; especially :  a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge

  6. 6 plural :  purpose with respect to marriage

Examples of intention in a sentence

  1. She announced her intention to run for governor.

  2. He seemed to think that I was trying to cause problems, but that was never my intention.

  3. He bought a dog with the intention of training it to attack intruders.

  4. He has good intentions, but his suggestions aren't really helpful.

14th Century

First Known Use of intention

14th century

Synonym Discussion of intention

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about <announced his intention to marry>. intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness <the clear intent of the statute>. purpose suggests a more settled determination <being successful was her purpose in life>. design implies a more carefully calculated plan <the order of events came by accident, not design>. aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing <her aim was to raise film to an art form>. end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such <willing to use any means to achieve his end>. object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need <his constant object was the achievement of pleasure>. objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable <their objective is to seize the oil fields>. goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship <worked years to reach her goals>.

INTENTION Defined for Kids


noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten-shən\

Definition of intention for Students

  1. 1 :  a determination to act in a particular way <She announced her intention to run for president.>

  2. 2 :  an aim or plan <It's his intention to win.>

Medical Dictionary


noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten-chən\

Medical Definition of intention

  1. 1:  a determination to act in a certain way

  2. 2:  a process or manner of healing of incised wounds—see first intention, second intention

Law Dictionary


noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten-chən\

Legal Definition of intention

  1. :  something intended :  intent <the intention of the testator>

Additional Notes on intention

Intent is more commonly used than intention when speaking technically especially about the criminal and tort concepts of intent (senses 1a and 1b).

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