in·​ten·​tion·​al·​ly in-ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl-ē How to pronounce intentionally (audio)
: in an intentional manner : with awareness of what one is doing : purposely
an intentionally vague response
The witness intentionally gave misleading answers to the questions.
The test is intentionally designed to trick students.

Examples of intentionally in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Wahlberg says that staying in shape and doing things intentionally the hard way is important to his lifestyle. Mark Gray, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 The Tigres then intentionally walked Leonardo Reginatto to load the bases with one out, and nine-hole hitter Alcides Escobar responded with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Herrera. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 The irregular settlements were intentionally left out. Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Instead of peacefully ceding power, Trump intentionally organized and incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol in a desperate effort to prevent the counting of electoral votes cast against him .... David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 But cloud software company Workday is adding a twist to that template, intentionally using a co-CEO model to transition to a new chief. Azure Gilman, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 The charges accuse Ponds of intentionally stealing a drink, kicking a police officer on the left side of his head, and biting him on his inner thigh. Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 Fire officials concluded at the scene that it was set intentionally, and police officers began investigating it as arson about an hour after first responders arrived. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 The Eldersburg woman faces three counts of second-degree malicious burning, calling in a false report of a fire, and intentionally setting fire to grass, brush and woodland, the state agency said in a Jan. 28 news release. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intentionally was circa 1673

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“Intentionally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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