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intent1

[in-tent] /ɪnˈtɛnt/
noun
1.
something that is intended; purpose; design; intention:
The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
2.
the act or fact of intending, as to do something:
criminal intent.
3.
Law. the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
4.
meaning or significance.
Idioms
5.
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.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin intentus an aim, purpose, Latin: a stretching out (inten(dere) to intend + -tus suffix of v. action); replacing Middle English entent(e) < Old French < Late Latin, as above
Can be confused
intense, intensive, intents.
Synonyms
1. See intention. 2. aim, plan, plot.

intent2

[in-tent] /ɪnˈtɛnt/
adjective
1.
firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed, as the eyes or mind:
an intent gaze.
2.
having the attention sharply focused or fixed on something:
intent on one's job.
3.
determined or resolved; having the mind or will fixed on some goal:
intent on revenge.
4.
earnest; intense:
an intent person.
Origin
1600-10; < Latin intentus taut, intent, past participle of intendere to intend; cf. intense
Related forms
intently, adverb
intentness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. concentrated. 3. resolute, set.
Antonyms
3. irresolute.
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  • Problem was, the landscaping fought the intent of the house.
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  • Logistic model describes exactly this conception, though hitherto was not use in this intent.
  • The end result of my year-long blogs may not land me any movie deals or book contracts, but that was never the intent.
  • When you are involved in politics, your life is an open book, and people can come in who don't necessarily have good intent.
  • The intent of this survey is not to identify some colleges as poor performers.
  • The intent is to highlight those that appear to be doing something well.
  • They are not the products of willful deception by researchers intent on violating the fundamental norms of scientific research.
  • He with good intent addressed the gathering and spoke among them:.
  • First, it's not entirely clear what type of academic career you are intent on pursuing.
British Dictionary definitions for intent

intent

/ɪnˈtɛnt/
noun
1.
something that is intended; aim; purpose; design
2.
the act of intending
3.
(law) the will or purpose with which one does an act
4.
implicit meaning; connotation
5.
to all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes; virtually
adjective
6.
firmly fixed; determined; concentrated: an intent look
7.
(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 Forms
intently, adverb
intentness, noun
Word Origin
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 intent
n.

"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).

adj.

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

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