See under intention (def 5b).
an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
the end or object intended; purpose.
purpose or attitude toward the effect of one’s actions or conduct:
a bungler with good intentions.
purpose or attitude with respect to marriage:
Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.
the act or fact of intending.
Also called first intention, primary intention. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
Also called second intention, secondary intention. reference to properties, classes, or the relationships among first intentions.
Surgery, Medicine/Medical. a manner or process of healing, as in the healing of a lesion or fracture without granulation (healing by first intention) or the healing of a wound by granulation after suppuration (healing by second intention)
meaning or significance:
The intention of his words was clear.
the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.
a purpose or goal; aim: it is his intention to reform
(law) the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
(med) a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue
(usually pl) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
an archaic word for meaning, intentness
intention in·ten·tion (ĭn-těn’shən)
An aim that guides action.
The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
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