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in·ten·tion  (n-tnshn)
1. A course of action that one intends to follow.
a. An aim that guides action; an objective.
b. intentions Purpose with respect to marriage: honorable intentions.
3. Medicine The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
4. Archaic Import; meaning.

[Middle English entencioun, from Old French intention, from Latin intenti, intentin-, from intentus, intent, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.]
Synonyms: 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 testators 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 colleges 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 ones 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 opponents king.
Objective often implies that the end or goal can be reached: The report outlines the committees objectives.

intention  /ntnn/  n. [C;U] purpose, plan: He had no intention of wearing a tie to the casual party.

Thesaurus: intention a desire, wish, goal | intent. intention

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