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



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.



intent (comparative more intent, superlative most intent)

  1. Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.
    a mind intent on self-improvement
    • 2014, Daniel Taylor, "World Cup 2014: Uruguay sink England as Suárez makes his mark,", 20 June:
      Uruguay were quick to the ball, strong in the tackle and seemed intent on showing they were a better team than had been apparent in their defeat to Costa Rica.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter I, The Younger Set:
      And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs, ascending the stairs two at a time, peeped perfunctorily into the nursery as she passed the hallway—and halted amazed.
  2. Engrossed.
  3. Unwavering from a course of action.


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