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intention

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪnˈten.ʃən/ us  
B2 something that you want and plan to do: [+ to infinitive] It wasn't my intention to exclude her from the list - I just forgot her. I've no intention of changing my plans just to fit in with his. He's full of good intentions, but he never does anything about them!
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-intentioned
suffix uk   /ənd/ us  
I'm sure he's well-intentioned - he wouldn't mean any harm.
Translations of “intention”
in Korean 의도…
in Arabic نِيّة…
in Portuguese intenção…
in Catalan intenció…
in Japanese 意図, 目的…
in Italian intenzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 意圖,打算…
in Russian намерение…
in Turkish niyet, maksat, kasıt…
in Chinese (Simplified) 意图,打算…
in Polish zamiar, intencja…
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