intention noun

ADJ. original My original intention was to study all morning, but this turned out to be impractical. | declared, stated | firm | general | deliberate

VERB + INTENTION have I have no intention of changing jobs. | announce, declare, state The council has announced its intention to crack down on parking offences.

PREP. with a/the ~ of I went to the bank with the intention of getting some traveller's cheques. | ~ behind The general intention behind the project is a good one. | ~ by The intention by the local authority to build 2,000 new houses is unrealistic. | ~ in His intention in inviting us to dinner was to persuade us to back his project.

PHRASES good/the best intentions It was done with the best intentions, I assure you | have every/no intention of doing sth We have every intention of winning the next election. | make your intention clear He didn't make his intentions clear in his letter.