(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
1. intention, intent, intentionality; purpose; project, plan, undertaking; predetermination; design, ambition; contemplation, mind, animus, view, purview, proposal; lookout; decision, determination, resolve, resolution; set or settled purpose, wish, desire, motive. See will, meaning.
2. final cause, raison d'être, end in itself; object, aim, end; drift, tenor, tendency; goal, target, prey, quarry, game; destination, mark. See pursuit.
Verbs — intend, purpose, design, mean; have to; propose to oneself, harbor a design; have in view or mind; have an eye to; labor for; be after, aspire after, endeavor; aim or drive at; take aim, set before oneself; study to; hitch one's wagon to a star; take upon oneself, undertake, take into one's head; meditate, contemplate; think, dream, or talk of; premeditate; compass, calculate; plan or figure on, destine, propose, predetermine; project, plan, have a mind to (see willingness); desire, pursue.
Adjectives — intended, intentional, advised, studied, express, determinate, prepense, bound for; intending, minded; bent upon, earnest, resolute; at stake; on the fire, in view, in prospect.
Adverbs — intentionally, etc.; advisedly, wittingly, knowingly, designedly, purposely, on purpose, by design, studiously, pointedly; with intent; deliberately, with premeditation; with one's eyes open, in cold blood; to all intents and purposes; with a view or eye to; by way of, so as to, in order to or that, to the end that, with the intent that; for the purpose of, with the view of, in contemplation of, on account of; in pursuance of, pursuant to.
Quotations — The will to do, the soul to dare (Sir Walter Scott), The road to Hell is paved with good intentions (Karl Marx), The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding (Albert Camus).
Antonyms, see chance.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. aim, end, plan; see purpose 1 .
See Synonym Study at purpose .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
purpose, intent, goal, aim, design, plan, object, end, target.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun What one intends to do or achieve: aim, ambition, design, end, goal, intent, mark, meaning, object, objective, point, purpose, target, view, why. Idioms: end in view, why and wherefore. See PLANNED, PURPOSE.

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  • Intention — • An act of the will by which that faculty efficaciously desires to reach an end by employing the means Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Intention     Intention      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • intention — intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal are comparable when meaning what one proposes to accomplish or to attain by doing or making something, in distinction from what prompts one (the motive), or from the activity… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intention — is followed either by of + verbal noun or by a to infinitive, the first of these being somewhat more common and the second influenced by the verb intend: • I have no intention no present intention of standing for Parliament Harold Macmillan, 1979 …   Modern English usage

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  • Intention — (lat.), Absicht, Vorhaben, Zweck (nicht zu verwechseln mit Intension, s. d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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