The Dictionary Project

Word of the Day: Intention

Sep 21, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

in-ten-tion / in-ˈten(t)-shən
1.      an instance of deciding to do something; resolve
Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of intention.
Sharon Salzberg, 1952-
2.      purpose; goal or object
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.
Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931
3.      usually plural, sense of purpose which affects conduct
Hell is paved with good intentions, roofed in with lost opportunities.
Portuguese Proverb
3a. purpose regarding marriage
When meeting his daughter’s new boyfriend, a father will often ask, “What are your intentions with my daughter?”
4.      significance
Writing must always have intention because words have power.
Suheir Hammad, 1973-
5.      the object of one’s prayers
In centering prayer, the sacred word is not the object of the attention but rather the expression of the intention of the will.
Thomas Keating, 1923-2018

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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