noun Date: 14th century 1. a determination to act in a certain way ; resolve 2. import, significance 3. a. what one intends to do or bring about b. the object for which a prayer, mass, or pious act is offered 4. a process or manner of healing of incised wounds 5. concept; especially a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge 6. plural purpose with respect to marriage Synonyms: intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about <
announced his intention to marry
. intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness <
the clear intent of the statute
. purpose suggests a more settled determination <
being successful was her purpose in life
. design implies a more carefully calculated plan <
the order of events came by accident, not design
. aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing <
her aim was to raise film to an art form
. end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such <
willing to use any means to achieve his end
. object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need <
his constant object was the achievement of pleasure
. objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable <
their objective is to seize the oil fields
. goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship <
worked years to reach her goals

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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