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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[illiam] Chambers, “chapter I”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      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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intent m ‎(plural intents)

  1. try, intent

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