noun in·ten·tion \in-ˈten(t)-shən\
: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose
1: a determination to act in a certain way : resolve
3a : what one intends to do or bring about
b : the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered
4: a process or manner of healing of incised wounds
5: concept; especially : a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge
6 plural : purpose with respect to marriage
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Examples of INTENTION
- She announced her intention to run for governor.
- He seemed to think that I was trying to cause problems, but that was never my intention.
- He bought a dog with the intention of training it to attack intruders.
- He has good intentions, but his suggestions aren’t really helpful.