- an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
- the end or object intended; purpose.
- 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.
- the act or fact of intending.
- 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.
- Surgery, Medicine/Medical. a manner or process of healing, as in the healing of a lesion or fracture without granulation (healing by first intention) or the healing of a wound by granulation after suppuration (healing by second intention).
- meaning or significance: The intention of his words was clear.
- the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.
- Archaic. intentness.
Origin of intention
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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
December 21, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
“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
December 10, 2014
“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
November 8, 2014
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
November 3, 2014
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government.
The intention is, I tell you plainly, to mortify you into a sense of your duty.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She could feel its false precision, its intention, its repulse of her.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He turned toward the hall door as if with the intention of lighting the chandelier.Within the Law
And, if it's any comfort to you, I have no intention of interfering in any way.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a purpose or goal; aimit is his intention to reform
- law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
- med a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue
- (usually plural) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
- an archaic word for meaning, intentness
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).
- An aim that guides action.
- The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.