From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishintentionin‧ten‧tion /ɪnˈtenʃən/ ●●● S3 W2 noun [countable, uncountable] INTENDa plan or desire to do something → intendhave no/every intention of doing something I have no intention of retiring just yet. They went into town with the intention of visiting the library.intention to do something It is our intention to be the number one distributor of health products.good intentions/the best (of) intentions (=intentions to do something good or kind, especially when you do not succeed in doing it) He thinks the minister is full of good intentions that won’t be carried out. ► Do not say that someone ‘has no intention to do something’. Say that someone has no intention of doing something.► see thesaurus at purpose → well-intentioned
Examples from the Corpusintention• The lawyers had every intention of calling Smythe to the witness stand.• The government announced its intention to create 50,000 jobs by the end of the year.• Army leaders could not guess at the enemy's movements or intentions.• Bouvier returned to Europe with the intention of gathering further support for his cause.intention to do something• We form intentions to remember and categorize and order what we are going to remember in terms of our past experience.• At lunch, she announced her intention to change her name to Bashka Paevi.• It had not been her intention to favour him with a compliment.• Is it his intention to legislate even-handedly for both?• Brown said it was never his intention to stop police from enforcing the laws.• He is the first to reveal his intention to seek the seat held by Republican Rep.• Though he never disguised his leadership ambitions, he continued to deny that it was his intention to challenge the Prime Minister.• Congressional Republicans have made clear their intention to thwart these efforts.