intention

noun
in·​ten·​tion | \ in-ˈten(t)-shən How to pronounce intention (audio) \

Definition of intention

1 : a determination to act in a certain way : resolve
3a : 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

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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

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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Photo: sergei chirikov/epa/Shutterstock NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said there is no intention to mirror Russian deployments. James Marson, WSJ, "NATO Defense Ministers Weigh Responses to Russian Missile Threat," 14 Feb. 2019 Its steering and chassis plainly communicate this car's intentions, and the sucker just turns. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Such a tax would fall on consumers of those goods—and that is not our intention. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "UK set to impose new “tech tax” on Silicon Valley giants," 29 Oct. 2018 Since his wife, Joan, died last year at age 93, Lee has found himself surrounded by people with unclear motives and intentions, friends and colleagues say. David Ng, latimes.com, "As Marvel movies soar, Stan Lee sees his private life crumble, with allegations of elder abuse," 29 June 2018 At last, Van Alen learned the truth: Reynolds had no intention of building this tower. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 The 2020 presidential election is well underway as candidates continue to announce intentions to run. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Here's Every Democrat Officially Running in the 2020 Presidential Election So Far," 11 Mar. 2019 Warner Bros has made a similar commitment, and Amazon has also announced intentions to support the format. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "HDR10+ is coming to new Samsung and Panasonic TVs, but good luck finding content," 28 Aug. 2018 McIver’s attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial and announced their intentions to appeal his conviction. Christian Boone, ajc, "Tex McIver’s Putnam County ranch on auction block," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of intention

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intention

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intention

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

intention

noun
in·​ten·​tion | \ in-ˈten-shən How to pronounce intention (audio) \

Kids Definition of intention

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.

intention

noun
in·​ten·​tion | \ in-ˈten-chən How to pronounce intention (audio) \

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

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intention

noun
in·​ten·​tion | \ in-ˈten-chən How to pronounce intention (audio) \

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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