[ in-ten-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn ʃən /


Origin of intention

1300–50; Middle English intencio(u)n < Latin intentiōn- (stem of intentiō). See intent2, -ion

SYNONYMS FOR intention

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.


in·ten·tion·less, adjective mis·in·ten·tion, noun pre·in·ten·tion, noun sub·in·ten·tion, noun

Example sentences from the Web for intention

British Dictionary definitions for intention

/ (ɪnˈtɛnʃən) /


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 plural) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
an archaic word for meaning, intentness

Medical definitions for intention

[ ĭn-tĕnshən ]


An aim that guides action.
The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.

Other words from intention

in•tention•al adj.