intent

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[ in-tent ]
/ ɪnˈtɛnt /

noun

something that is intended; purpose; design; intention: The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
the act or fact of intending, as to do something: criminal intent.
Law. the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
meaning or significance.

Idioms for intent

    to/for all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes; practically speaking; virtually: The book is, to all intents and purposes, a duplication of earlier efforts.

Origin of intent

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First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Late Latin intentus “an aim, purpose,” from Latin intentus “a stretching out,” equivalent to inten(dere) + -tus suffix of verbal action; replacing Middle English entent(e), from Old French, from Late Latin, as above; see intend

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intent

intense intents

synonym study for intent

1. See intention.
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British Dictionary definitions for for all intents and purposes

intent
/ (ɪnˈtɛnt) /

noun

adjective

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

Derived forms of intent

intently, adverbintentness, noun

Word Origin for intent

C13 (in the sense: intention): from Late Latin intentus aim, intent, from Latin: a stretching out; see intend
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Idioms and Phrases with for all intents and purposes (1 of 2)

for all intents and purposes

see to all intents and purposes.

Idioms and Phrases with for all intents and purposes (2 of 2)

intent

see to all intents and purposes.

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