intention [in-ten-shuhn] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- 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 1300–50; Middle English intencio(u)n Latin intentiōn- (stem of intentiō). See intent2, -ion Related formsin·ten·tion·less, adjectivemis·in·ten·tion, nounpre·in·ten·tion, nounsub·in·ten·tion, nounSynonyms for intention 2. goal. Intention, intent, purpose all refer to a wish that one means to carry out. Intention is the general word: His intention is good. Intent is chiefly legal or literary: attack with intent to kill. Purpose implies having a goal or determination to achieve something: Her strong sense of purpose is reflected in her studies. Related Words for intentions aim, motive, plan, objective, hope, purpose, end, designation, point, object, drift, design, struggle, animus, impulsion, desire, goal, heart, idea, import Examples from the Web for intentions Contemporary Examples of intentions
Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.
December 19, 2014
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.
December 4, 2014
There is Jim Webb, who declared his intentions earlier this week.
November 22, 2014
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.
November 19, 2014
The rebels are squabbling among themselves as suspicions rage about American designs and intentions.
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of intentions
And what are your intentions with regard to this fair captive?
Lydia Maria Child
He had not intended this; it seemed hardly his fault: his intentions had been good, or at least not bad.
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.
William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for intentions intention noun
- 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 n.
“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).
intentions in Medicine intention [ĭn-tĕn′shən] n.
- An aim that guides action.
- The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
Related formsin•ten′tion•al adj.