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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And yes, the Patriots’ intentions here are to avoid the potholes of the Moss, Johnson and Haynesworth situations. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Patriots Take a Risk on Signing Antonio Brown Because They Can," 7 Sep. 2019 Jules’s intention was a tribute to Larry with her style. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Watch the artist removing tattoos from a mural of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird in Indiana," 23 Aug. 2019 Having gone five-out-of-six years with a post-season appearance, the Liberty Panthers have no intentions of taking a step back. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Panthers look to extend post-season record again this year," 20 Aug. 2019 But mainland Chinese officials had objected to that possibility, saying that doing so would suggest that the original intentions behind the legislation were mistaken. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong’s Leader, Carrie Lam, to Withdraw Extradition Bill That Ignited Protests," 5 Aug. 2019 In order to make this argument however, investigators would need to prove that Facebook’s intention with the acquisitions was to stamp out future threats. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Facebook co-founder aids FTC in antitrust investigation," 26 July 2019 Even post-Kurt, Love’s intentions were always under scrutiny. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Prater has not yet seen the teen suspect but has every intention of doing so. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Family has ‘nothing but love’ for Alabama teen accused of killing 5, grandmother says," 11 Sep. 2019 The school system has every intention of communicating through the whole committee process, Board of Education President Donna Sivigny said. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Potential partial redistricting, budget unknowns discussed in meeting of Carroll school board, commissioners," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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