la intención
-the intention
See the entry for intención.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (general)
a. intention
Tengo la intención de viajar a Asia el año que viene si encuentro trabajo.I have the intention of travelling to Asia next year if I find a job.
b. motive
Nunca se supo la verdadera intención que tenía el criminal.The criminal's real motive was never known.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Creo que su intención era viajar y trabajar en el extranjero.I think traveling and working abroad were part of her plans.
Lo siento. No era mi intención faltarle el respeto a tu padre.I'm sorry. I didn't mean to disrespect your father.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
2. (general)
a. intentions
Las intenciones son importantes, pero los resultados lo son aún más.Intentions are important, but results are even more so.
b. motives
Son muy generosos. - Sí, quizá demasiado. Sospecho de sus intenciones.They're very generous. - Yes, maybe too much. I suspect their motives.
c. plans
Nuestras intenciones son vivir en Barcelona un año más y luego mudarnos a Cadaqués.Our plans are to live in Barcelona one more year and then move to Cadaques.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Nunca tuvieron intenciones de ayudarnos. Lo dijeron solo para quedar bien.They never intended to help us. They said it just to make themselves look good.
Teníamos intenciones de ir al cine, pero acabamos en la disco.We intended to go to the movies, but ended up in the disco.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo creo que ese oso trae muy malas intenciones. Es mejor que corramos.I think that bear is up to no good. We'd better run.
Teníamos buenas intenciones, pero acabamos ofendiendo a todo el mundo.We meant well, but ended up offending everyone.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. intention
su intención es volver a presentarse al concursoshe intends to enter the competition again
con intenciónintentionally
tener la intención deto intend to
tener buenas/malas intencionesto have good/bad intentions
lo dije sin intención de ofender a nadieit wasn't my intention to offend anyone, I didn't mean any offense
lo hizo sin mala intenciónhe didn't mean it maliciously
la intención es lo que cuentait's the thought that counts
ya veo cuáles son tus intencionesI see what you're up to now
1 (propósito) intention
causar daño no era la intención de mi cliente it was not my client's intention to cause any damage (formal); perdona, no ha sido mi intención despertarte sorry, I didn't mean to wake you; lo hizo con la mejor intención del mundo he did it with the best (of) intentions; la intención desestabilizadora de sus palabras the disruptive intent of his words; su intención era que yo le pagara la entrada he meant me to pay for his ticket; su intención era muy otra he had something very different in mind; no, gracias, pero se agradece la intención no, but thanks for thinking of me; no thanks, but it was a kind thought; la intención es lo que cuenta it's the thought that counts
con intención (a propósito) deliberately; intentionally
esto está hecho con intención this was deliberate; this was no accident; mencionó lo del divorcio con mala o mucha intención he spitefully mentioned the divorce
la intención de hacer algo
ha dejado clara su intención de venir he has made it clear that he intends to come; no lo dijo con la intención de ofenderla he didn't say it with the intention of offending her; he didn't say it to offend her; sonrió con la intención de animarme he smiled to try to cheer me up; sin la menor intención de generalizar without wishing to generalize; tenemos la intención de salir temprano we intend o plan to start out early; no tengo la menor o más mínima intención de pedir perdón I haven't got the slightest intention of apologizing; I have no intention of apologizing
sin intención without meaning to
aunque lo haya hecho sin intención even if he did it without meaning to; even if he didn't mean to do it
intención de voto voting intention
2 intenciones (planes) intentions; plans
no te fíes, no sabes sus intenciones don't trust him, you don't know what he has in mind; ¿cuáles son tus intenciones para el año próximo? what are your plans for next year?
tener buenas intenciones to mean well; have good intentions
tener malas intenciones to be up to no good
de buenas intenciones está el infierno lleno the road to hell is paved with good intentions
doble o segunda intención double meaning
lo dijo con segunda o doble intención there was a double meaning to what he said
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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