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intent

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[ in-tent ]
/ ɪnˈtɛnt /
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noun
something that is planned, proposed, or intended; purpose; design; intention: The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
the act or fact of intending, as to do something: Any identified individual found to have violated this rule with intent will be suspended from all participation in the forum.
Law. the state of a person's mind that directs their actions toward a specific object: He was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
meaning or significance.
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Idioms about 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

synonym study for intent

1. See intention.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intent

intense, intents

Other definitions for intent (2 of 2)

intent2
[ in-tent ]
/ ɪnˈtɛnt /

adjective
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 intent

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First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin intentus “taut, intent,” past participle of intendere “to aim at” (see intend); cf. intense

OTHER WORDS FROM intent

in·tent·ly, adverbin·tent·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intent

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with intent

intent

see to all intents and purposes.

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