Definition of intention in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛnʃ(ə)n/


1A thing intended; an aim or plan: she was full of good intentions [with infinitive]: he announced his intention to stand for re-election
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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.
aim, purpose, intent, objective, object, goal, target, end;
design, plan, scheme;
resolve, resolution, determination;
wish, desire, ambition, idea, dream, aspiration, hope
1.1 [mass noun] The 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.
deliberateness, intentionality, intent, design, calculation;
premeditation, preconception, forethought, plan, planning, pre-planning, advance planning, prearrangement, malice aforethought
1.2 (someone's intentions) A person’s plans, especially a man’s, in respect to marriage: if his intentions aren’t honourable, 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.
3 (intentions) Logic Conceptions formed by directing the mind towards an object.
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  • It requires the capacity actively to form intentions in view of one's motivational tendencies and one's normative conclusions.


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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