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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
announce a decision/intention/plan
▪ The government has announced plans to create 10,000 new jobs.
declared aim/objective/intention etc
▪ It is their declared intention to increase taxes.
▪ He declared his intention to stand for president.
every intention
▪ We have every intention of winning this competition.
▪ Only after Coleridge returned from Shrewsbury, freed at last from immediate financial worry, could vague hopes be transformed into clearer intentions.
▪ The clear artistic intention of the show elevated things to another plane.
▪ The three men met, and it soon became clear that their intentions were different.
▪ At Thayer the clear intention is that if something is central to our mission, we will not leave it to chance.
▪ I return to work on the spot with insights into what I am looking at and a clearer sense of intention.
▪ The interview had left him with two clear intentions more firmly fixed than ever in his mind.
▪ The best intentions and the wisest council are likely to misfire if entrusted to the care of the machinery of state action.
▪ Economists who must put up with taunting at cocktail parties should re-member that the road to good intentions is paved with hell.
▪ We pin up quality ditties on corporate walls to enthuse staff of our good and noble intentions.
▪ He was ousted, tried, pleaded good intentions, and was acquitted.
▪ Many people's good intentions go to pot as Ian Cocking does the work virtually single handed.
▪ I will remind you, with best intention, to cease your negotiations with PetroVietnam.
▪ A belated rush to help is under way, complete with the good intentions and hazards that hasty rescues invariably bring.
▪ Threatening circumstances and challenges compel both performance and change much more effectively than mere opportunities and good intentions.
▪ At least, that was his original intention.
▪ My original intention was merely to sell the cards quietly for the best possible price.
▪ The original intention was that they should replace the Milnes cars which were worn out.
▪ Whatever the original intentions, aid programs had become an end in themselves.
▪ The original intention was to hive off assembly operations to sub-contractors.
▪ My original intention was that the entire Unit should participate in the debate ... Just a moment.
▪ The report stressed that the original intention of right-to-buy legislation was to enable public sector tenants to purchase the houses they occupied.
▪ The original intention was that Cramlington would be a free-standing newtown with a full range of shopping services.
▪ Partly as a result of all these changes, the government has announced its intention to equalise the State pension age.
▪ Clinton announced his intention to name Rep.
▪ Clients will announce their intentions to the group, and then report back the following week.
▪ Clippers executive vice president Andy Roeser said the team filed the paperwork Thursday announcing its intentions.
▪ On June 19, Hankiss announced his intention to resign following a recommendation by the parliamentary cultural committee.
▪ When Dave announced these intentions, they met with the usual mixture of confusion, alarm, and skepticism.
▪ Characteristically, however, he announced his intention to carry on as normal.
▪ It has also declared its intention to help develop new environmental industries.
▪ Clinton will accept the Democratic nomination for a second-term without ever having publicly declared his intention to seek re-election.
▪ She was also mistaken in declaring her intention to fight on immediately the result of the first ballot was known.
▪ The leadership of the Democratic party was anxious for him to declare his intentions about running for the second term.
▪ Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has declared its intention of buying up to 15 percent and is thought to be quietly picking up stock.
▪ Now it surprised him that he was expected to declare the pattern and intention behind it all in order that others could understand.
▪ Now some of his players are saying it's time he came clean and declared his intentions.
▪ Kevin Welch has been appointed skipper because Richard Smith has declared his intention to retire.
▪ At least 24 groups had expressed their intention to register as political parties.
▪ The prime minister has expressed his intention to quit, but had not done so for fear of weakening the coalition.
▪ Violent and damaging words are used to express feelings, not intentions.
▪ Conference, scheduled for Sofia in 1995, and express their intention to continue their support for this process. 12.
▪ We can not create reasons just by intending to do so and expressing that intention in action.
▪ In tradition, the projective contents of wish fantasies expressing defended-against intentions, have been deposited.
▪ Here, then, the doubts about precatory words are reasonable doubts whether they clearly express an intention on the part of a testator.
▪ Nu had indicated his intention to retire from office six months after independence, but events made that impossible.
▪ Following the election, Hau indicated his intention to resign as Premier before the Yuan's first session in February 1993.
▪ Trade having been done, they settled to take the meal, to eat, to indicate their good intentions.
▪ The Government has indicated an intention to set up some 20 such colleges in Inner City areas.
▪ The slightest act by the owner indicating an intention will be sufficient.
▪ In our imaginary case, Walkertronic needs no further information and indicates an intention to defend in the following terms.
▪ The Allies, however, had no intention of letting the armistice arrangements slide by default into a full-blown peace.
▪ Beck had no intention of letting his report gather dust on the legislative shelves.
▪ And I've no intention of letting you get near anything important.
▪ Miyako Immigration was following all the official procedures, but they had every intention of letting Loi ashore.
▪ But he had no intention of letting himself be intimidated.
▪ In 1968, the Kittyhawk was purchased with the intention of returning it to flying condition.
▪ His wife had announced at the height of the storm her intention to return to Boston.
▪ He had little more than a week, as his intention was to return to Jalo by 10 January.
▪ Built into his trip and giving it its entire purpose was the intention to return.
▪ Having searched this field to the best of my ability I left with the intention to return at the earliest opportunity.
▪ She had no intention of returning to the house in a hurry.
▪ In order to invoke the rule against prior restraint, the defendant must state on affidavit his intention to justify the allegation.
▪ He refuses to marry her, in spite of the fact that he gave her a legal document stating his intention.
▪ Where the company is seeking general authority to purchase shares in the market they must state their intentions regarding the authority granted.
▪ Although a government may state its intention to reduce taxation, the truth may not always be as declared.
not have the remotest idea/interest/intention etc
with the best of intentions/for the best of reasons
▪ Army leaders could not guess at the enemy's movements or intentions.
▪ Bouvier returned to Europe with the intention of gathering further support for his cause.
▪ The government announced its intention to create 50,000 jobs by the end of the year.
▪ The lawyers had every intention of calling Smythe to the witness stand.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Intention \In*ten"tion\, n. [F. intention, L. intentio. See Intend, and cf. Intension.]

  1. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.

    Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness, and of choice, fixes its view on any idea.

  2. A determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain thing; purpose; design; as, an intention to go to New York.

    Hell is paved with good intentions.

  3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.

    In [chronical distempers], the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts.

  4. The state of being strained. See Intension. [Obs.]

  5. (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object.

    First intention (Logic), a conception of a thing formed by the first or direct application of the mind to the individual object; an idea or image; as, man, stone.

    Second intention (Logic), a conception generalized from first intuition or apprehension already formed by the mind; an abstract notion; especially, a classified notion, as species, genus, whiteness.

    To heal by the first intention (Surg.), to cicatrize, as a wound, without suppuration.

    To heal by the second intention (Surg.), to unite after suppuration.

    Syn: Design; purpose; object; aim; intent; drift; purport; meaning. See Design.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


n. A course of action that a person intends to follow.

  1. n. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs" [syn: purpose, intent, aim, design]

  2. (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; "his intentions are entirely honorable"

  3. an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out; "my intention changed once I saw her"

Intention (criminal law)

In criminal law, intent is one of three general classes of mens rea necessary to constitute a conventional as opposed to strict liability crime. A more formal, generally-synonymous legal term is scienter: intent or knowledge of wrongdoing.

Intention (song)

"INTENTION" is Kenichi Suzumura's debut single, released on October 8, 2008. It had peaked at #14 on the Oricon charts

Intention (book)

Intention is a 1957 book by the philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe.


Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.

Usage examples of "intention".

I formed the intention of slipping upstairs to wake Abney, only then I heard voices, and thought I could recognize yours, my lord, so I crept along the gallery to see if it were indeed you.

Jefferson let three months pass before sending Adams a rather stiff letter of apology and explanation, which, though well intentioned, hardly sufficed.

Hamilton, for his part, had no intention of diverting votes from Adams this time around.

It adopts the general rule of the common law that such statutes are not to be construed to embrace offenses which are not within their intention and terms.

The Demolition Master knew he could not erase all traces of the concealed airdrome, but he had no intention of making it easy for the Americans to discover his secrets.

It was their intention to have proceeded farther that day, but their progress was interrupted by an affair between their Albanian guard and the primate of the village.

Poor dear Aloysia and myself used to pain him by turning his pious intentions to ridicule.

By the time the local police arrived, the horses had gone back to grazing placidly, lending an eerie contrast between rural Americana and unknown alien intentions.

She would take the pleasure Desborough chose to put her way and when the marriage was annulled, she would take great delight in telling him that she had no intention of becoming his mistress.

Now Paulvitch had no intention of permitting himself to fall into the hands of Tarzan of the Apes if he could possibly avoid it, and while the terrors of the jungle appalled him they were, to his mind, infinitely preferable to the certain death which he knew he merited and for which he might look at the hands of the ape-man.

Nova Police can be compared to apomorphine, a regulating instance that need not continue and has no intention of continuing after its work is done.

She was certain Lady Appleton had no real intention of hiring this reeve to be her steward.

This conclusion is suggested first of all by the practice of the Arunta and other Central Australian tribes, who observe very similar ceremonies with the avowed intention of thereby multiplying the totemic animals and plants in order that they may be eaten by the tribe, though not by the particular clan which has these animals or plants for its totem.

I was working in it when I was fifteen, and I went through two years of university work in atomics with the best intentions of carrying on the business.

Goods for the Australoids are tokens of intention: to trade, to meet again, to fix frontiers, to intermarry, to sing and dance, and to share ideas and resources.