Definitions for intentionɪnˈtɛn ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ten•tionɪnˈtɛn ʃən(n.)

  1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

  2. the end or object intended; purpose.

  3. intentions, purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: purpose or attitude with respect to marriage:

    a bungler with good intentions.

    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.

    Category: Philosphy

  6. meaning or significance.

  7. the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.

    Category: Religion

Origin of intention:

1300–50; ME < L intēnsio

Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design(noun)

    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"

  2. intention(noun)

    (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal

    "his intentions are entirely honorable"

  3. intention(noun)

    an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out

    "my intention changed once I saw her"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. intention(noun)ɪnˈtɛn ʃən

    what sb plans to do

    Her intention was to pay them back immediately.; I have no intention of talking to him again.; All his good intentions lead to little action.

Wiktionary

  1. intention(Noun)

    A course of action that a person intends to follow.

    My intention was to marry a wealthy widow.

  2. intention(Noun)

    The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions

    The intention of this legislation is to boost the economy.

  3. intention(Noun)

    Tension; straining, stretching.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intention(noun)

    a stretching or bending of the mind toward of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness

  2. Intention(noun)

    a determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain thing; purpose; design; as, an intention to go to New York

  3. Intention(noun)

    the object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim

  4. Intention(noun)

    the state of being strained. See Intension

  5. Intention(noun)

    any mental apprehension of an object

Freebase

  1. Intention

    Intention is an agent's specific purpose in performing an action or series of actions, the end or goal that is aimed at. Outcomes that are not anticipated and not foreseen are known as unintended consequences. Intentional behavior can also be just thoughtful and deliberate goal-directedness. Recent research in experimental philosophy has shown that other factors may also matter for whether or not an action is counted as intentional.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Intention

    What a person has in mind to do or bring about.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. intention

    An aim or design (as distinct from capability) to execute a specified course of action.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intention' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2177

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intention' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2963

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intention' in Nouns Frequency: #751


Translations for intention

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

intention(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.

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