something that is ; purpose; design; :
The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
the act or fact of , as to do something:
criminal intent.
Law. the state of a person’s mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
meaning or significance.
to / for all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes; practically speaking; virtually:
The book is, to all intents and purposes, a duplication of earlier efforts.
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.
Contemporary Examples

You remember them from college: the Jesus freaks, intent on spreading the “Good News,” somewhere between quaint and creepy.
The Christian Do-Gooders Secretly Attacking Gays Jay Michaelson July 6, 2014

“We know that he came here with the intent of finding an administrator,” Jordan said in the press conference.
What Made One Goh, the Oikos University Shooter, Snap? Dara Kerr April 3, 2012

Back to today: Israel is responding not only to Iran’s actions but also to its rhetoric, its statements of intent.
Please Shut Up Gershom Gorenberg March 11, 2012

Grubbs was indicted in January for possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.
This Is Your Politician on Drugs Caitlin Dickson November 20, 2013

If that is the case, there are a few things they can do to show their intent.
How the GOP Freshmen Should Battle the Budget Matt Latimer February 16, 2011

Historical Examples

And so Iphinoe came to the Minyae; and they asked with what intent she had come among them.
The Argonautica Apollonius Rhodius

She could see her father looking at her, intent, as if he wondered.
Life and Death of Harriett Frean May Sinclair

He surveyed the benches haughtily once, then set forward again, intent on Nilo.
The Prince of India, Volume II Lew. Wallace

In “Lear,” Shakespeare was intent on expressing his own disillusion and naked misery.
The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris

It is not often that such a Godsend comes in the way of an under-secretary; and he was intent upon his performance.
The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope

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; concentrated: an 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

“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.
see: to all intents and purposes


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