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1. The action or fact of intending: Are computers capable of intention?
a. An aim that guides action; an objective: My intention is to learn Russian.
b. intentions Purpose with respect to marriage: She worried that his intentions were not honorable.
3. Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
4. Archaic Import; meaning.

[Middle English entencioun, from Old French intention, from Latin intentiō, intentiōn-, from intentus, intent, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.]
Synonyms: intention, intent, purpose, goal, end, aim, object, objective
These nouns refer to what one plans to do or achieve. Intention simply signifies a course of action that one proposes to follow: It is my intention to work for a year and then go back to school. Intent more strongly implies deliberateness: The executor complied with the testator's intent. Purpose stresses the desired result of one's actions or efforts and often implies a sense of dedication: The organization's purpose is to build affordable housing. A goal is something rewarding or fulfilling that inspires a sustained endeavor: The college's goal was to raise sixty million dollars for a new library. End suggests an ultimate or overriding goal: The candidate wanted to win and pursued every means to achieve that end. Aim stresses the direction one's efforts take in pursuit of something: The aim of the legislation is to spur the development of renewable energy. An object is a specific outcome or result on which one is focused: The object of chess is to checkmate your opponent's king. An objective is a goal that one is assigned or motivated to achieve: The report outlines the committee's objectives.
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1. a purpose or goal; aim: it is his intention to reform.
2. (Law) law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
3. (Medicine) 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
4. (usually plural) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
5. an archaic word for meaning, intentness
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(ɪnˈtɛn ʃən)

1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
2. the end or object intended; purpose.
3. intentions,
a. purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: a bungler with good intentions.
b. purpose or attitude with respect to marriage: Are his intentions serious?
4. the act or fact of intending.
5. Logic. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
6. meaning or significance.
7. the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin intēnsio]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
intent, intention - Intent implies a sustained unbroken commitment or purpose, while intention implies an intermittent resolution or an initial aim or plan.
See also related terms for imply.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


An aim or design (as distinct from capability) to execute a specified course of action.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.


1. 'intention to' and 'intention of'

When someone intends to do something, you can talk about their intention to do it or their intention of doing it.

He declared his intention to apply for the job.
They announced their intention of starting a new business.

You can say that it is someone's intention to do something.

It had been her intention to go for a walk.
It was not my intention to offend anyone.

Be Careful!
Don't say that 'it is someone's intention of doing' something.

2. 'with the intention'

You can say that someone does something with the intention of doing something else, when they intend to do the second thing.

He had come with the intention of talking to Paco.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone does something 'with the intention to do' something else.

3. 'no intention'

You can say that someone has no intention of doing something.

She had no intention of telling him what really happened.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'has no intention to do' something.


1. 'meaning'

The meaning of a word, expression, or gesture is the thing or idea that it refers to or represents.

The word 'guide' is used with various meanings.
This gesture has the same meaning throughout Italy.

The meaning of what someone says is what they intend to express.

The meaning of his remark was clear.
2. 'intention'

Don't use 'meaning' to refer to what someone intends to do. Don't say, for example, 'His meaning was to leave without paying'. Say 'His intention was to leave without paying'.

Their intention is to finish the work by Friday.
3. 'opinion'

Don't use 'meaning' to refer to what someone thinks about something. Don't say, for example, 'I think he should go. What's your meaning?' You say 'I think he should go. What's your opinion?'

My opinion is that this is completely the wrong thing to do.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intention - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actionsintention - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
goal, end - the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means"
idea, mind - your intention; what you intend to do; "he had in mind to see his old teacher"; "the idea of the game is to capture all the pieces"
cross-purpose - a contrary aim; "at cross-purposes"
final cause - (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
sake - the purpose of achieving or obtaining; "for the sake of argument"
view - purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'; "he took the computer with a view to pawning it"
will - a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; "where there's a will there's a way"
2.intention - (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; "his intentions are entirely honorable"
goal, end - the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
3.intention - an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out; "my intention changed once I saw her"
willing, volition - the act of making a choice; "followed my father of my own volition"
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noun aim, plan, idea, goal, end, design, target, wish, scheme, purpose, desire, object, objective, determination, intent He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"
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What one intends to do or achieve:
Idioms: end in view, why and wherefore.
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[ɪnˈtenʃən] Nintención f, propósito m
I have no intention of goingno tengo la menor intención de ir
I have every intention of goingtengo plena intención de ir
with the best of intentionscon la mejor intención
what are your intentions?¿qué piensas hacer?, ¿qué proyectos tienes?
his intentions toward the girl were strictly honourablepensaba casarse con la joven
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[ɪnˈtɛnʃən] nintention f
good intentions → de bonnes intentions
with the best of intentions, with the best intentions → avec les meilleures intentions
sb's intention to do sth → l'intention de qn de faire qch
It is my intention to remain until a successor is found → Mon intention est de demeurer en place jusqu'à ce qu'un successeur soit trouvé.
to have no intention of doing sth → n'avoir aucune intention de faire qch
I have no intention of resigning → Je n'ai aucune intention de démissionner.
to have every intention of doing sth → avoir la ferme intention de faire qch
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Absicht f, → Intention f; what was your intention in publishing the article?mit welcher Absicht haben Sie den Artikel veröffentlicht?; it is my intention to punish you severelyich beabsichtige, Sie streng zu bestrafen; I have every intention of doing itich habe die feste Absicht, das zu tun; to have no intention of doing somethingnicht die Absicht haben, etw zu tun; I have no or I haven’t the least or the slightest intention of staying!ich habe nicht die geringste Absicht hier zu bleiben, ich denke nicht daran hier zu bleiben; with good intentionsmit guten Vorsätzen; with the best of intentionsin der besten Absicht; with the intention of …in der Absicht zu …, mit dem Vorsatz zu …; his intentions are good, but he seldom carries them outer hat immer gute Vorsätze pl, → aber er führt sie selten aus
intentions (inf)(Heirats)absichten pl; his intentions are honourableer hat ehrliche Absichten
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[inˈtɛnʃn] nintenzione f
I have no intention of going → non ho nessuna intenzione di andare
I have every intention of going → ho proprio intenzione di andare
with the best of intentions → con le migliori intenzioni del mondo
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(inˈtend) verb
1. to mean or plan (to do something or that someone else should do something). Do you still intend to go?; Do you intend them to go?; Do you intend that they should go too?
2. to mean (something) to be understood in a particular way. His remarks were intended to be a compliment.
3. (with for) to direct at. That letter/bullet was intended for me.
inˈtent (-t) adjective
1. (with on) meaning, planning or wanting to do (something). He's intent on going; He's intent on marrying the girl.
2. (with on) concentrating hard on. He was intent on the job he was doing.
purpose; what a person means to do. He broke into the house with intent to steal.
inˈtention (-ʃən) noun
what a person plans or intends to do. He has no intention of leaving; He went to see the boss with the intention of asking for a pay rise; If I have offended you, it was quite without intention; good intentions.
inˈtentional (-ʃənl) adjective
(negative unintentional) done, said etc deliberately and not by accident. I'm sorry I offended you – it wasn't intentional; intentional cruelty.
inˈtentionally adverb
inˈtently adverb
with great concentration. He was watching her intently.



etc see intend
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نِيَّةٌ záměr hensigt Absicht πρόθεση intención aikomus intention namjera intenzione 意図 의도 bedoeling hensikt intencja intenção намерение avsikt ความตั้งใจ niyet ý định 用意
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n. intención.
1. meta o propósito;
2. proceso natural en la curación de heridas.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
Others picked out MacWhirr, in whom they perceived a definite symbolic intention. Neither was exclusively my intention.
Three days ago I received a letter from him, which stated his intention of changing his place of residence on the next day then ensuing, but which left me entirely in ignorance on the subject of the locality to which it was his intention to remove.
He told me he had never had any intention of doing so; that our discovery of it in the little inn at Epinay had much embarrassed him.
Clutton, who never read, had heard them first from Cronshaw; and though they had made small impression, they had remained in his memory; and lately, emerging on a sudden, had acquired the character of a revelation: a good painter had two chief objects to paint, namely, man and the intention of his soul.
"What your dress would hide, senora, is made known to us by your hair; a clear proof that it can be no trifling cause that has disguised your beauty in a garb so unworthy of it, and sent it into solitudes like these where we have had the good fortune to find you, if not to relieve your distress, at least to offer you comfort; for no distress, so long as life lasts, can be so oppressive or reach such a height as to make the sufferer refuse to listen to comfort offered with good intention. And so, senora, or senor, or whatever you prefer to be, dismiss the fears that our appearance has caused you and make us acquainted with your good or evil fortunes, for from all of us together, or from each one of us, you will receive sympathy in your trouble."
If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between the two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the Constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents.
Pontellier learned of his wife's intention to abandon her home and take up her residence elsewhere, he immediately wrote her a letter of unqualified disapproval and remonstrance.
On this coast we landed, with an intention of travelling on foot to Jubo, a journey of much greater length and difficulty than we imagined.
The enormous Drissa camp was formed on Pfuel's plan, and there was no intention of retiring farther.
"From the moment I saw her that has been my fixed intention. Every one thinks of me as simply a speculator with the money fever in my veins.
Eustace Macallan had expressed to them, directly or indirectly, any intention of obtaining arsenic, with a view to the improvement of her complexion.
"You are not making any mistake, are you?" said the notary; "you really mean to declare that such is not your intention?"