Meaning of “intention” in the English Dictionary

"intention" in British English

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intentionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˈten.ʃən/ us /ɪnˈten.ʃən/

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!

More examples

  • We welcome the government's affirmation of its intention to act.
  • It has always been my declared intention to sail round the world.
  • We have no intention of launching a pre-emptive strike, but we will retaliate if provoked.
  • The UN announced its intentions to toughen sanctions still further.
  • He thought the time was right to let his intentions be known.
suffix uk / -ɪn.ten.ʃənd/ us / -ɪn.ten.ʃənd/

I'm sure he's well-intentioned - he wouldn't mean any harm.

(Definition of “intention” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"intention" in American English

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intentionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪnˈten·ʃən/

something that you want and plan to do; an aim:

[ U ] I have no intention of selling this house.
[ C ] He had good intentions (= He meant to be kind), but unfortunately things just didn’t work out.

(Definition of “intention” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)