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

    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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1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin intentus an aim, purpose, Latin: a stretching out (inten(dere) to intend + -tus suffix of v. action); replacing Middle English entent(e) < Old French < Late Latin, as above
SYNONYMS FOR intent
1 See intention.
2 aim, plan, plot.
Can be confusedintense intensive intents
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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 Formsintently, 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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