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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A course of action that one intends to follow.
  • n. An aim that guides action; an objective.
  • n. Purpose with respect to marriage: honorable intentions.
  • n. Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
  • n. Archaic Import; meaning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A course of action that a person intends to follow.
  • n. The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions
  • n. Tension; straining, stretching.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.
  • n. A determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain thing; purpose; design.
  • n. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.
  • n. The state of being strained. See Intension.
  • n. Any mental apprehension of an object.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Direction of the mind; attention; hence, uncommon exertion of the intellectual faculties; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.
  • n. The act of intending or purposing.
  • n. That which is intended, purposed, or meant; that for which a thing is made, designed, or done; intent; purpose; aim; meaning; desire: often in the plural, especially (in colloquial use) with regard to marriage.
  • n. A straining or putting forth of action; exertion; intension.
  • n. In surgery, and figuratively in other uses, natural effort or exertion; course of operation; process: as, the wound healed by first or by second intention. See below.
  • n. A mental effort or exertion; notion; conception; opinion.
  • n. Understanding; attention; consideration.
  • n. In law, intent; the fixing of the mind upon the act and thinking of it as of one which will be performed when the time comes. Stephen; Harris. It depends on a joint exercise of the will and the understanding.
  • n. In scholastic logic, a general concept of the mind.
  • n. In Roman Catholic theology, in reference to the administration of the sacraments, the actual will, on the part of the one administrating, to perform seriously the rites prescribed by the church, and to do nothing to show contrary intention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
  • n. (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
  • n. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

Etymologies

Middle English entencioun, from Old French intention, from Latin intentiō, intentiōn-, from intentus, intent, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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