[ in-tent ]
/ ɪnˈtɛnt /


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

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

Related forms

in·tent·ly, adverbin·tent·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intently


/ (ɪnˈtɛnt) /



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 intently


see to all intents and purposes.

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