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Desire vs. Intention

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Main Difference

The main difference between Desire and Intention is that the Desire is a sense of longing and Intention is a agent's specific purpose in performing an action or series of actions, the end or goal that is aimed at

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  • Desire (verb)

    To want; to wish for earnestly.

    "I desire to speak with you."

  • Desire (verb)

    To put a request to (someone); to entreat.

  • Desire (verb)

    To want emotionally or sexually.

    "She has desired him since they first met."

  • Desire (verb)

    To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.

  • Desire (verb)

    To require; to demand; to claim.

  • Desire (verb)

    To miss; to regret.

  • Desire (noun)

    Someone or something wished for.

    "It is my desire to speak with you."

    "You’re my heart’s desire."

  • Desire (noun)

    Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.

    "His desire for her kept him awake at night."

  • Desire (noun)

    The feeling of desiring; an eager longing for something.

    "Too much desire can seriously affect one’s judgment."

  • Desire (noun)

    Motivation.

  • Intention (noun)

    The goal or purpose behind a specific action or set of actions.

    "The intention of this legislation is to boost the economy."

    "My intention was to marry a wealthy widow."

    "It’s easy to promise anything when you have no intention of fulfilling any of it."

  • Intention (noun)

    Tension; straining, stretching.

  • Intention (noun)

    A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.

  • Intention (noun)

    The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.

  • Intention (noun)

    Any mental apprehension of an object.

  • Intention (noun)

    The process of the healing of a wound.

  • Intention (verb)

    Intend

Wiktionary
Oxford Dictionary
  • Desire

    To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.

  • Desire

    To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.

  • Desire

    To require; to demand; to claim.

  • Desire

    To miss; to regret.

  • Desire (noun)

    The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy.

  • Desire (noun)

    An expressed wish; a request; petition.

  • Desire (noun)

    Anything which is desired; an object of longing.

  • Desire (noun)

    Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.

  • Desire (noun)

    Grief; regret.

  • Intention (noun)

    A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.

  • Intention (noun)

    A determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain thing; purpose; design; as, an intention to go to New York.

  • Intention (noun)

    The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.

  • Intention (noun)

    The state of being strained. See Intension.

  • Intention (noun)

    Any mental apprehension of an object.

Webster Dictionary
  • Desire (noun)

    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

  • Desire (noun)

    an inclination to want things;

    "a man of many desires"

  • Desire (noun)

    something that is desired

  • Desire (verb)

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly;

    "I want to go home now"

    "I want my own room"

  • Desire (verb)

    expect and wish;

    "I trust you will behave better from now on"

    "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"

  • Desire (verb)

    express a desire for

  • Intention (noun)

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions;

    "his intent was to provide a new translation"

    "good intentions are not enough"

    "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"

    "he made no secret of his designs"

  • Intention (noun)

    (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal;

    "his intentions are entirely honorable"

  • Intention (noun)

    an act of intending; a volition that you intend to carry out;

    "my intention changed once I saw her"

Princeton's WordNet

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