What does intention mean?

Definitions for intention
ɪnˈtɛn ʃənin·ten·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, designnoun

    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. intentionnoun

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

    "his intentions are entirely honorable"

  3. intentionnoun

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

    "my intention changed once I saw her"

Wiktionary

  1. intentionnoun

    A course of action that a person intends to follow.

    My intention was to marry a wealthy widow.

  2. intentionnoun

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

    The intention of this legislation is to boost the economy.

  3. intentionnoun

    Tension; straining, stretching.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intentionnoun

    Etymology: intention, French; intentio, Latin.

    Intention is when the mind with great earnestness, and of choice, fixes its view on any idea, considers it on every side, and will not be called off by the ordinary solicitation of other ideas. John Locke.

    Effectual prayer is joined with a vehement intention of the inferior powers of the soul, which cannot therein long continue without pain: it hath been therefore thought good, by turns, to interpose still somewhat for the higher part of the mind and the understanding to work upon. Richard Hooker.

    She did course o'er my exteriors with such a greedy intention, that the appetite of her eye did seem to scorch me up like a burning-glass. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    In persons possessed with other notions of religion, the understanding cannot quit these but by great examination; which, cannot be done without some labour and intention of the mind, and the thoughts dwelling a considerable time upon the survey and discussion of each particular. Robert South, Sermons.

    Most part of chronical distempers proceed from laxity of the fibres; in which case the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The operations of agents admit of intention and remission; but essences are not capable of such variation. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intentionnoun

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

  2. Intentionnoun

    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. Intentionnoun

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

  4. Intentionnoun

    the state of being strained. See Intension

  5. Intentionnoun

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. intention

    An action toward a goal or purpose.

    It was her intention to remain at her current job as she loved it.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intention in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of intention in a Sentence

  1. Elas Massri:

    [ Those car companies ] have a clear intention to go global, in contrast to what we’re seeing in globalized countries that want to go backwards.

  2. Scott Smith:

    I think right now his intention is to stick to it. That's what he would like to do, and we know that is the legacy he would like to leave -- as the president who ended two wars, but I think there is a very strong bipartisan consensus in Washington and on the Hill that it may be worth reconsidering this decision.

  3. Elizabeth Soto:

    We decided very early on, prior to any executive orders, that we were not going to send voters into our nursing homes poll sites, because it was just too dangerous for that vulnerable age group, we did not go in for the primary and we have no intention of opening the poll sites in nursing homes for November.

  4. Salvo Ugliarolo:

    He told us that he has no intention of making shocking changes, by downsizing the company or reducing the labour force, and he confirmed planned investments in the network and fibre optics.

  5. The Guardian:

    They were touching her, they were bothering her, so for the judge, if the intention wasn’t pleasure, it’s not sexual assault.

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