Definition of intention
1 : a determination to act in a certain way : resolve
3a : what one intends to do or bring aboutb : the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered
4 : a process or manner of healing of incised wounds
5 : concept; especially : a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge
6 intentions plural : purpose with respect to marriage
Examples of intention in a sentence
She announced her intention to run for governor.
He seemed to think that I was trying to cause problems, but that was never my intention.
He bought a dog with the intention of training it to attack intruders.
He has good intentions, but his suggestions aren't really helpful.
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INTENTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intention for English Language Learners
: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose
INTENTION Defined for Kids
Definition of intention for Students
1 : a determination to act in a particular way She announced her intention to run for president.
2 : an aim or plan It's his intention to win.
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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