- firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed, as the eyes or mind: an intent gaze.
- having the attention sharply focused or fixed on something: intent on one's job.
- determined or resolved; having the mind or will fixed on some goal: intent on revenge.
- earnest; intense: an intent person.
Origin of intent2
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Examples from the Web for intently
Twenty people surround Grace, all of them intently studying her trance state.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
I watched them intently, not understanding their quick Arabic.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for him and the way he sees the world so intently and encourages people to look.David Hockney’s “A Bigger Exhibition” Opens at the de Young Museum
October 27, 2013
The judge asked for some papers, studied them intently, made some notes and suddenly spoke.The Sedition Files: How an Indian Cartoonist Becomes a Criminal
September 21, 2012
Talks almost broke down many times, and Warner was intently focused on keeping the discussions on track.Democratic Sen. Mark Warner Defies Party to Engage GOP on a Deficit deal
December 28, 2011
The woman looked at him intently for a moment, then spoke in a colorless voice.Within the Law
He looked at her intently as she approached and formed his own conclusions.
Watching her intently, Donald Whiting thought of all these things.
He was older than Linda, and he was thinking swiftly, intently.
Vaudemont stood looking on intently, with his arms folded on his breast.Night and Morning, Complete
- something that is intended; aim; purpose; design
- the act of intending
- law the will or purpose with which one does an act
- implicit meaning; connotation
- to all intents and purposes for all practical purposes; virtually
- firmly fixed; determined; concentratedan intent look
- (postpositive; usually foll by on or upon) having the fixed intention (of); directing one's mind or energy (to)intent on committing a crime
Word Origin and History for intently
"purpose," early 13c., from Old French entente, from Latin intentus "a stretching out," in Late Latin "intention, attention," noun use of past participle of intendere "stretch out, lean toward, strain," literally "to stretch out" (see intend).
"very attentive," late 14c., from Latin intentus "attentive, eager, waiting, strained," past participle of intendere "to strain, stretch" (see intend). Related: Intently.