intention

noun in·ten·tion \ in-ˈten(t)-shən \

Definition of intention

1 :a determination to act in a certain way :resolve
3 a :what one intends to do or bring about
b :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

  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.

Recent Examples of intention from the Web

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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

intention

noun in·ten·tion \ in-ˈten-shən \

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.

Medical Dictionary

intention

noun in·ten·tion \ in-ˈten-chən \

medical Definition of intention

1 :a determination to act in a certain way
2 :a process or manner of healing of incised wounds — see first intention, second intention

Law Dictionary

intention

noun in·ten·tion \ in-ˈten-chən \

legal Definition of intention

:something intended :intent
  • the intention of the testator
Note: 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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