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 formsin·tent·ly, adverbin·tent·ness, noun

Synonyms for intent

Antonyms for intent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intently

Contemporary Examples of intently

Historical Examples of intently

  • The woman looked at him intently for a moment, then spoke in a colorless voice.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He looked at her intently as she approached and formed his own conclusions.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Watching her intently, Donald Whiting thought of all these things.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He was older than Linda, and he was thinking swiftly, intently.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Vaudemont stood looking on intently, with his arms folded on his breast.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for intently



something that is intended; aim; purpose; design
the act of intending
law the will or purpose with which one does an act
implicit meaning; connotation
to all intents and purposes for all practical purposes; virtually


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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Word Origin and History for intently



"purpose," early 13c., from Old French entente, from Latin intentus "a stretching out," in Late Latin "intention, attention," noun use of past participle of intendere "stretch out, lean toward, strain," literally "to stretch out" (see intend).



"very attentive," late 14c., from Latin intentus "attentive, eager, waiting, strained," past participle of intendere "to strain, stretch" (see intend). Related: Intently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with intently


see to all intents and purposes.

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