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[in-ten-shuh n] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃən/
an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
the end or object intended; purpose.
  1. purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct:
    a bungler with good intentions.
  2. purpose or attitude with respect to marriage:
    Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.
the act or fact of intending.
  1. Also called first intention, primary intention. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
  2. 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 forms
intentionless, adjective
misintention, noun
preintention, noun
subintention, noun
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. Unabridged
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  • But the bill may overreach its intentions, some worry.
  • The idea is that no matter what goodness someone tries to bring into the world, the intentions will ultimately backfire.
  • For all of his good intentions and the many good things he did, he failed to accept the inevitable.
  • But when they got there, their intentions turned to drugs, alcohol and gambling.
  • He began seeing evil intentions where there were none.
  • The people are kind hearted, the businesses humble and the intentions clearly noble.
  • They have an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat.
  • While praising good intentions, environmentalists fault the government for spotty management and enforcement of regulations.
  • What people now understand as being unethical research was not always the product of malevolent intentions.
  • They might have good intentions, but they have yet to take effective action.
British Dictionary definitions for intentions


a purpose or goal; aim: it 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 pl) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
an archaic word for meaning, intentness
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Word Origin and History for intentions

"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).

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intentions in Medicine

intention in·ten·tion (ĭn-těn'shən)

  1. An aim that guides action.

  2. The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.

in·ten'tion·al adj.
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