Definition of 'intention'
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How much he told his wife about his intentions to fight remain unclear. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Recent economic history shows that the road to investment hell is paved with good political intentions. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There must be a collective noun for these sorry plastic boxes: a good intention? Times, Sunday Times (2016)The number of people entirely bypassed by the good intentions of auto-enrolment grows all the time. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's a case of good intentions causing perverse public policy outcomes. Times, Sunday Times (2016)All good intentions, all very honourable. The Sun (2016)Instead of just having bright ideas and good intentions, you have the opportunity to turn them into action. The Sun (2016)If you imagine good intentions are enough, you end up shining a light on the network instead of the cause. The Sun (2016)I know his intentions were good. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You are ready to turn good intentions about getting fitter into action. The Sun (2013)We have to resort to the language of purpose and intention to explain programmed cell death. Christianity Today (2000)The subjective intention of the person responsible for the works would rarely be relevant. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Whether their honourable intentions are being rewarded as they might expect is debatable. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This was part of the original intention of the reforms. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They took our good intentions and threw them away. BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)It involves a detailed investigation into the purposes and intentions behind an action. Broken Lives (1993)Its moral value depends on the intention of the person whose finger is on the trigger. Times, Sunday Times (2009)She clearly had no intention of remaining at the apartment. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There is little doubt that he will act with the most honourable intentions. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Of course there is the intention to play good football but most important is the result. The Sun (2010)Myth was bulging with viable ideas and honourable investigative intentions. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Noble intentions and good luck to them. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The original intention had been that it would hold 1000 prisoners. The Prisons We Deserve (1994)My original intention had a practical purpose, if rather idealised. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I can confirm that remains our intention. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Moreover, an offence is committed regardless of the person 's intention. Times, Sunday Times (2012)People, their ideas and their intentions are like electrons: they can be in two places at once. Times, Sunday Times (2008)And the minutiae of their verse practice can help us to think about large ideas such as intention, as well as its own laws and allowances. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)
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Translations for 'intention'
British English: intention /ɪnˈtɛnʃən/ NOUN
An intention is an idea or plan of what you are going to do.
...his intention is to return to this country.
- American English: intention
- Arabic: نِيَّةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: intenção
- Chinese: 用意
- Croatian: namjera
- Czech: záměr
- Danish: hensigt
- Dutch: bedoeling intentie
- European Spanish: intención
- Finnish: aikomus
- French: intention
- German: Absicht
- Greek: πρόθεση
- Italian: intenzione
- Japanese: 意図
- Korean: 의도
- Norwegian: hensikt
- Polish: intencja
- European Portuguese: intenção
- Romanian: intenție
- Russian: намерение
- Spanish: intención
- Swedish: avsikt
- Thai: ความตั้งใจ
- Turkish: niyet
- Ukrainian: намір
- Vietnamese: ý định
Definition of intention from the Collins English Dictionary
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