intention

An intention is idea that you plan (or intend) to carry out. If you mean something, it's an intention.

Your goal, purpose, or aim is your intention. It's something you mean to do, whether you pull it off or not. You may have the best intention of cooking an incredible meal, but if you leave the burner on and burn the house down, you will not be remembered as an excellent chef. When a father asks his daughter's boyfriend "What are your intentions?" that means something specific: Does he want to marry her?

Definitions of intention
  1. noun
    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    “good intentions are not enough”
    synonyms: aim, design, intent, mission, purpose
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    idea, mind
    your intention; what you intend to do
    cross-purpose
    a contrary aim
    final cause
    (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
    sake
    the purpose of achieving or obtaining
    view
    purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'
    will
    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
    type of:
    end, goal
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  2. noun
    an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out
    “my intention changed once I saw her”
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    volition, willing
    the act of making a choice
  3. noun
    (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
    “his intentions are entirely honorable”
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    type of:
    end, goal
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
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