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Synonyms for intention
ɪnˈtɛn ʃənin·ten·tion

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. intention

    The aim is the direction in which one shoots, or sometimes that which is aimed at. The mark is that at which one shoots; the goal, that toward which one runs. All alike indicate the direction of endeavor. The end is the point at which one expects or hopes to close his labors; the object, that which he would grasp as the reward of his labors. Aspiration, design, endeavor, purpose, referring to the mental acts by which the aim is attained, are often used as interchangeable with aim. Aspiration applies to what are viewed as noble aims; endeavor, design, intention, purpose, indifferently to the best or worst. Aspiration has less of decision than the other terms; one may aspire to an object, and yet lack the fixedness of purpose by which alone it can be attained. Purpose is stronger than intention. Design especially denotes the adaptation of means to an end; endeavor refers to the exertions by which it is to be attained. One whose aims are worthy, whose aspirations are high, whose designs are wise, and whose purposes are steadfast, may hope to reach the goal of his ambition, and will surely win some object worthy of a life's endeavor. Compare AMBITION; DESIGN.

    Synonyms:
    aim, aspiration, design, determination, end, end, endeavor, endeavor, goal, inclination, intent, mark, object, purpose, tendency

    Antonyms:
    aimlessness, avoidance, carelessness, heedlessness, neglect, negligence, oversight, purposelessness, thoughtlessness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, designnoun

    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"

    Synonyms:
    objective, use, design, determination, aim, designing, figure, role, purport, function, excogitation, conception, pattern, spirit, blueprint, object, intent, invention, target, innovation, bearing, purpose, plan, heading

  2. intentionnoun

    (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal

    "his intentions are entirely honorable"

    Synonyms:
    purpose, design, aim, intent

  3. intentionnoun

    an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out

    "my intention changed once I saw her"

    Synonyms:
    purpose, design, aim, intent

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. intentionnoun

    Synonyms:
    design, purpose, INTENT

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. intentionnoun

    Synonyms:
    design, plan, purpose, aim

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How to use intention in a sentence?

  1. South Sudan military spokesperson:

    All the fighting in Upper Nile is around the oil areas, their intention is to control the oil fields in the areas.

  2. Mohammad Javad Zarif:

    It's clear that the U.S.' intention..(of having a) naval presence in the Persian Gulf is to counter Iran.. Don't expect us to remain quiet when somebody comes to our waters and threatens us.

  3. Tom Shelley:

    His intention is to try to share the experience of what it means to be in space with the general public.

  4. President Biden:

    [W]e believe that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave.

  5. Brendan Nyhan:

    Neither intervention had a significant effect on intention to vaccinate, and we probably overestimate how likely messaging is to change people minds about vaccines.


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