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.
Recent Examples of intention from the Web
Mattis Speech U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis was set to address the Shangri-La Dialogue on Saturday, where he is expected to offer reassurance that the U.S. has no intention of giving up its role as a guarantor of regional peace and stability.
Despite all of this, Frank feels increasingly jumpy about his wife’s intentions, which may only worsen any divide between them.
O’Malley said state legislative leaders who took part in the redistricting process, including House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), had the same intentions.
Naive and awkward, their guest’s sinister intentions quickly become clear.
No matter the good intentions of the parents or how self-sacrificing their desire to keep their child at home, adolescence, with its onrush of agitating hormones, tends to make home care an impossibility.
For this project, East Chicago partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to begin construction on the beachfront with the intentions of diversifying the plants and wildlife.
Jensen pressing Lynch for clarification and revelation of intention.
Wars are rarely announced in advance, but President Trump provided an abundance of warning about his intention to wage an assault on journalism.
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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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