Definition of intent in English:

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intent

Pronunciation: /inˈtent/

noun

Intention or purpose: with alarm she realized his intent a real intent to cut back on social programs
Synonyms
aim, intention, purpose, objective, object, goal, target;
design, plan, scheme;
wish, desire, ambition, idea, aspiration

adjective

1 [predicative] (intent on/upon) Resolved or determined to do (something): the administration was intent on achieving greater efficiency
More example sentences
  • Chip's face was firm and Kim could tell he was intent on keeping himself above water.
  • He also warned their opposition could backfire because he was now intent on deregulating the restaurant sector.
  • He said he was intent on protecting direct payments to Ireland which were worth 2 billion euro annually.
Synonyms
bent on, set on, insistent on, hell-bent on;
committed to, obsessive about, obsessed with, fanatical about, fixated on;
determined to;
anxious to, resolved to, impatient to
1.1Attentively occupied with: Jill was intent on her gardening magazine
More example sentences
  • He was very intent on this task, as if he fancied himself a latter-day St. Francis.
  • Mr McCall said the management was still ‘more intent on imposition than negotiation’.
  • But the women take no notice of their admirers, so intent are they on their own conversation.
Synonyms
attentive, absorbed, engrossed, fascinated, enthralled, rapt, riveted;
focused, undistracted, earnest, concentrating, intense, studious, preoccupied;
alert, watchful
2(Especially of a look) showing earnest and eager attention: a curiously intent look on her face
More example sentences
  • She has an unsettling intent look, and seems to see things the people around her don't.
  • I was preoccupied with this useless energy when a huge man approached with an intent look on his face.
  • Danny looked up to see Cameron at the door, leaning back against it with an intent look in his eyes.

Phrases

1

to (or for) all intents and purposes

In all important respects: a man who was to all intents and purposes illiterate
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  • I am, to all intents and purposes, a private person.
  • It is, to all intents and purposes, an attempt to rebrand Egypt.
  • But as Harold says, to all intents and purposes, they are very accepting of Camilla.
2

with intent

Law With the intention of committing a specified crime: he denied arson with intent to endanger life charges of wounding with intent
More example sentences
  • At an earlier hearing Carter pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life.
  • That certainly could not have affected the verdict on the wounding with intent.
  • He faces charges of attempted arson and having articles with intent to destroy or damage property.

Derivatives

intentness

Pronunciation: /inˈten(t)nəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • With singular intentness, a procession of men carry a body.
  • ‘What do you think these aliens would look like?’ she asked with the same intentness as her first question.
  • He watched those games from the baseline underneath the basket with a level of intentness belying his youth.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French entent, entente, based on Latin intendere (see intend). The adjective is from Latin intentus, past participle of intendere.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: in·tent

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