intent

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Existing since Middle English, from Old French entent or entente, ultimately from Latin intendere.

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intent (countable and uncountable, plural intents)

  1. A purpose; something that is intended.
  2. (law) The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an offence.

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Adjective[edit]

intent (comparative more intent, superlative most intent)

  1. Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.
    a mind intent on self-improvement
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set[1]:
      And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs [] peeped perfunctorily into the nursery [] and halted amazed.
  2. Engrossed.
  3. Unwavering from a course of action.

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