intent

1
[ 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

1
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 confused

intense intensive intents

Definition for intent (2 of 2)

intent

2
[ 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

2
1600–10; < Latin intentus taut, intent, past participle of intendere to intend; cf. intense

Related forms

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

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 intent

intent


see to all intents and purposes.

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