- 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 intentness
The regard they fixed on his face was baleful in its intentness.The Rainy Day Railroad War
All the while I looked at him steadily, until his eyes began to lose their intentness.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
His vision was not unconscious of her presence; he stared at her with intentness.Tancred
Beneath the intentness of the scrutiny Ellen colored uneasily.The Wall Between
Sara Ware Bassett
All the factors were present to him and he dwelt upon them with intentness.Gulmore, The Boss
- 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 intentness
"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.