- 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
synonym study for intention
OTHER WORDS FROM intentionin·ten·tion·less, adjectivemis·in·ten·tion, nounpre·in·ten·tion, nounsub·in·ten·tion, noun
How to use intention in a sentence
It was a very difficult day to know that people would say, “Oh, you lied,” because that was never the intention.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 26, 2020|Ozy
That exclusionary zoning has led to racial segregation, and was often an explicit intention of the practice, is not an especially obscure view in urban planning.Single-Family Zoning’s Century of Supremacy in San Diego|Andrew Keatts|August 26, 2020|Voice of San Diego
This is one of those where it’s hard to tell what the intention behind the search is.Google search trends: People are in search for connection during the lockdown|Russell Welch|August 20, 2020|Search Engine Watch
The governor’s office declined to comment on whether Newsom has any intention of granting a waiver.For Now, New School-Like Day Camps Won’t Be Allowed in the Fall|Will Huntsberry|August 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That isn’t necessarily all that surprising when you consider we’ve spent the last 30 years building up an increasingly apocalyptic view of our political opponents and their intentions.What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is|Maggie Koerth (email@example.com)|August 5, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.
Despite general good intentions, however, even good physicians can deliver care that falls short.
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.
There is Jim Webb, who declared his intentions earlier this week.
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.
Louis was alone with this powerful man; for Lorenzo, with the same intentions as his master, had rushed out with the soldiers.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Unfortunately Massna's record was not such as to inspire confidence in the purity of his intentions.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
What are these numerous Acts of Parliament and what are their objects, scope, and intentions?
The language and demeanor of Mr Bellamy seemed decisive of his intentions.
They had, perhaps, when they were thus accidentally lifted to power, no very definite intentions of any sort.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker