Definition of intention in English:

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intention

Pronunciation: /inˈten(t)SH(ə)n/

noun

1A thing intended; an aim or plan: she was full of good intentions [with infinitive]: Ukraine and Kazakhstan have both declared their intention to be nuclear-free
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  • The automaker is hinting that it considers a recall unnecessary and plans to announce its intentions next week.
  • Last night he announced his intention to stand down as leader of the Labour party in Wales.
  • He said that there were no plans, intentions, desires, or need for any increases greater than inflation.
1.1The action or fact of intending: intention is just one of the factors that will be considered
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  • There had been, in fact if not intention, a collaborative intelligence corruption.
  • Highland says there is no certainty of intention to create a trust on the part of Aldridge.
  • If practice is undertaken for mental or spiritual gain, that intention will determine the results.
Synonyms
intent, intentionality, deliberateness, design, calculation, meaning;
premeditation, forethought, preplanning;
Law  malice aforethought
1.2 (one's intentions) A person’s designs, especially a man’s, in respect to marriage: if his intentions aren’t honorable, I never want to see him again
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  • He told me the same, saying he had no intentions, no plans to marry Moore.
  • Recalling what she saw in his eyes, she began to wonder his true intentions towards her.
2 Medicine The healing process of a wound. See first intention, second intention.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French entencion, from Latin intentio(n-) 'stretching, purpose', from intendere (see intend).

Words that rhyme with intention

abstention, apprehension, ascension, attention, circumvention, comprehension, condescension, contention, contravention, convention, declension, detention, dimension, dissension, extension, gentian, hypertension, hypotension, intervention, invention, mention, misapprehension, obtention, pension, prehension, prevention, recension, retention, subvention, supervention, suspension, tension
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