The definition of intention is a determination or plan to do a specific thing.
An example of intention is someone going to nursing school.
- the act or fact of intending; determination to do a specified thing or act in a specified manner
- anything intended or planned; aim, end, or purpose
- [pl.]Old-fashioned purpose in regard to marriage
- Rare meaning or import
- Philos. the direction or orientation of the mind toward an object
- Surgery the manner or process by which a wound heals: the three degrees (first, second, and third intention) are distinguished by the relative amounts and types of granulation that occur
Origin of intentionMiddle English entencioun from Old French entencion from Classical Latin intentio from past participle of intendere
- The action or fact of intending: Are computers capable of intention?
- a. An aim that guides action; an objective: My intention is to learn Russian.b. intentions Purpose with respect to marriage: She worried that his intentions were not honorable.
- Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
- Archaic Import; meaning.
Origin of intentionMiddle English entencioun from Old French intention from Latin intentiō intentiōn- from intentus intent from past participle of intendere to direct attention ; see intend .
intention intent purpose goal end aim object objective
These nouns refer to what one plans to do or achieve. Intention simply signifies a course of action that one proposes to follow: It is my intention to take a vacation next month. Intent more strongly implies deliberateness: The executor complied with the testator's intent. Purpose strengthens the idea of resolution or determination: “His purpose was to discover how long these guests intended to stay” (Joseph Conrad). Goal may suggest an idealistic or long-term purpose: The college's goal was to raise ten million dollars for a new library. End suggests a long-range goal: The candidate wanted to win and pursued every means to achieve that end. Aim stresses the direction one's efforts take in pursuit of an end: The aim of most students is to graduate. An object is an end that one tries to carry out: The object of chess is to capture your opponent's king. Objective often implies that the end or goal can be reached: The report outlines the committee's objectives.
- A course of action that a person intends to follow.
- My intention was to marry a wealthy widow.
- The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions.
- The intention of this legislation is to boost the economy.
- A stretching or bending of the mind toward of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.
From Middle French intention, from Old French entencion, from Latin intentio.