- purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: a bungler with good intentions.
- purpose or attitude with respect to marriage: Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.
- Also called first intention, primary intention. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
- Also called second intention, secondary intention. reference to properties, classes, or the relationships among first intentions.
Origin of intention
Examples from the Web for intention
My intention is to make it with the same approach as Anchorman 2.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One morning at about eleven, he announces his intention as though it's truly an unusual thought: “Let's have a little drink.”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The intention is to create a 21st century auction house,” Gilkes says.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Hollywood dilutes material to a level I have no interest in, or intention following,” Wiseman says firmly.Inside The Secret World of London’s National Gallery|Tim Teeman|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One reason for withholding information was the president had no intention of shutting down the initiative.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations|Malcolm Byrne|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But as if divining her intention, the elders gathered in an accusing squad in front of her.The Secret of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
She shivered delicately, and announced her intention of going to bed.The Woman from Outside|Hulbert Footner
But, in speaking of his disposition, I have no intention whatever to give him a character for amiability.Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy|Frank Richard Stockton
The intention is present of separating (or effecting a separation) from the injured spouse.Ifugao Law|R. F. Burton
I believe every part of your history about the King's intention about the Mastership of the Horse.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)|Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
British Dictionary definitions for intention
Word Origin and History for intention
mid-14c., from Old French entencion "stretching, intensity, will, thought" (12c.), from Latin intentionem (nominative intentio) "a stretching out, straining, exertion, effort; attention," noun of action from intendere "to turn one's attention," literally "to stretch out" (see intend).