- 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 intentions
Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
There is Jim Webb, who declared his intentions earlier this week.Team Clinton Prepares for the Other Side of If
November 22, 2014
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
The rebels are squabbling among themselves as suspicions rage about American designs and intentions.Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria
October 30, 2014
And what are your intentions with regard to this fair captive?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He had not intended this; it seemed hardly his fault: his intentions had been good, or at least not bad.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I am to be unlucky in all I do, I think, be my intentions ever so good.
I have no subterfuges, no arts, no intentions, but to keep to the letter of them.
"My intentions with regard to Dick are strictly honourable," she remarked.Viviette
William J. Locke
- 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 intentions
"one's purposes with regard to courtship and marriage," by 1796; see 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.