intention

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n intention an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out "my intention changed once I saw her"
    • n intention 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"
    • n intention (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal "his intentions are entirely honorable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Idiana it is illegal to sell laughing gas with the intent to induce laughter.
    • Intention 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 ."
    • Intention 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."
    • Intention (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object.
    • Intention 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."
    • Intention The state of being strained. See Intension.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
    • n intention Direction of the mind; attention; hence, uncommon exertion of the intellectual faculties; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.
    • n intention The act of intending or purposing.
    • n intention 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 intention A straining or putting forth of action; exertion; intension.
    • n intention 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 intention A mental effort or exertion; notion; conception; opinion.
    • n intention Understanding; attention; consideration.
    • n intention 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 intention In scholastic logic, a general concept of the mind. [This use of the word (Latin intentio), first found in a translation from Avicenna, was common throughout the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries. Aquinas says that the intelligible species or first apprehension is the beginning, while the intention is the end of the process of thought.]
    • n intention 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Wyoming it is illegal to tattoo a horse with the intent of making it unrecognizable to its owner.
    • n Intention a fixing of the mind on any object: fixed direction of mind: the object aimed at: design: purpose
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Quotations

  • Pir Vilayat Khan
    Pir Vilayat Khan
    “It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention”
  • Wayne Dyer
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    “Our intention creates our reality.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Clothe with life the weak intent, let me be the thing I meant.”
  • Pius XII
    Pius XII
    “God has no intention of setting a limit to the efforts of man to conquer space.”
  • William Law
    William Law
    “Be intent on the perfection of the present day.”

Idioms

Avowed intent - If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.
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I hereby give notice of my intention - Hereby is used sometimes in formal, official declarations and statements to give greater force to the speaker' or the writer's affirmation. People will say it sometimes to emphasise their sincerity and correctness.
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Road to hell is paved with good intentions - When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.
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To all intents and purposes - This means in all the most important ways.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. intention, L. intentio,. See Intend, and cf. Intension
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Intend.

Usage

In literature:

We need not describe the duel, which, if different from other encounters of the kind, was by being on both sides bitter, and of deadly intent.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
A man only two or three years older was sitting next to Raymond, and he, too, was intent on the game.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The crew, who had been gazing intently at the natives, did not know.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
His first intention had been to throw over all his scientific study once for all.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
He looked up, looked again, regarding them intently, then rose and approached the policeman.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He listened, intently sympathetic.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Yet there is nothing of malice or evil intent in Aunt Jemima's soul.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
He announced his intention to return that afternoon.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Accordingly he proceeded thither with the intention of destroying them.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
And then the lady, on hospitable cares intent, left them again to themselves.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

None would the service ask
That she from love requires,
Making it not a task
But a high sacrament
Of all love's dear desires
And all life's grave intent.
"After A Year" by Thomas MacDonagh
Not such my saw: I was not meant
To be the sport of things!
The mood has meaning and intent,
And my dull heart is humbly bent
To have the truth it brings.
"Sunday" by George MacDonald
Was ever seen with reverent air
Intent on hallow'd lore,
A forehead edg'd with silver hair,
A manly form bow'd low in prayer,--
They greet our eyes no more.
"Hon. Phillip Ripley," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
So Phoebe gathered her knitting up,
And sat her down in the chimney niche;
But her mind was on other thoughts intent,
And here and there she dropped a stitch.
"Phoebe's Wooing" by Horatio Alger Jr
On his well-worn theme intent,
Simple, child-like, innocent,
Heaven forgive the half-checked smile
Of our careless boyhood, while
Listening to Friend Morrison!
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
All evil men intent on evil thing
falter, for in their cold unready ears
bells in the town alight with spring
make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.
"Villanelle Of Spring Bells" by Keith Douglas

In news:

Intent to buy food , beverages online continues to grow.
OF all the intentionally hurtful names adolescents fling at their parents, "Mr. Mob Boss" is not the most common, but in the Soprano family it's the most cutting.
Primary Intentions Posted Friday, January 13, at 10:13 AM.
For all intents, he would sacrifice his life because the lights go out — he's deprived of oxygen, he passes out.
Antonio Barbeau and Nathan Paape are charged with party to first-degree intentional homicide.
The lawyer says that proves intent.
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DIVERT OR WITHDRAW FOR BENEFICIAL USE THE PUBLIC WATERS OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.
Deacon Phillippe looks just like his Cruel Intentions dad Ryan.
Back in the mid-'90s, when MTV still flirted with (intentional) comedy shows, it ran one called The State, which featured performers who now appear on the Comedy Central hit Reno 911.
The gymnast out of the Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy signed a national letter of intent to go to the University of Washington next fall.
Albuquerque-area athletes who will sign national letters of intent with colleges today.
The government announced on Tuesday its intention to certify the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center.
Film producer 's intent was a danger.
"The Spanish government states its intention to request European financing for the recapitalization of banks that need it," Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said at a press conference on Saturday.
According to SFD Fire Marshall Tommy White, it appears the fire was intentionally set.
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In science:

It is used either with the intention of suppressing the outliers or amplifying them.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks
The author has intentionally chosen here the language of scientific experiments, as our situation seems close to the latter problem.
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation
We have intentionally used low efficiency red LED because its widest wavelength spectrum in comparison to other LEDs indicates highest randomness of emited photons.
Quantum random number generator
These curves are but an example of what can be done with out sets of numbers, and we do intent to demonstrate graphically the efficiency of them.
Non-periodic pseudo-random numbers used in Monte Carlo calculations
As mentioned before, our intention is to consider examples that illustrate the two possible extreme cases of late time evolution, and the power law models prove adequate for this purpose.
Particle creation, classicality and related issues in quantum field theory: II. Examples from field theory
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