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.