Definition of intention in English:


Syllabification: in·ten·tion
Pronunciation: /inˈtenCHən


  • 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.
    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.



[in combination]: a well-intentioned remark


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

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