The judge asked for some papers, studied them intently, made some notes and suddenly spoke.
And it is absolutely appropriate for the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to be intently focused on doing just that.
Why, then, is he focusing so intently upon stabilizing Afghanistan instead of shoring up Islamabad first and foremost?
"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.