Definition of intention in English:

intention

Line breaks: in¦ten|tion
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɛnʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

intentioned

adjective
[in combination]: a well-intentioned remark

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