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[in-tent] /ɪnˈtɛnt/
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.
Origin of intent2
1600-10; < Latin intentus taut, intent, past participle of intendere to intend; cf. intense
Related forms
intently, adverb
intentness, noun
1, 2. concentrated. 3. resolute, set.
3. irresolute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intently
  • And every bit of extra money makes life a little easier for all of us and allows us to focus more intently on what matters.
  • As a result, people tend to listen more intently and speak more forcefully.
  • By altering the maze he watched intently how the robot adjusted.
  • One hypothesis is that addicts feel those pleasures unusually strongly and are motivated to seek them more intently.
  • My first response is always to stop talking myself and stare intently at the culprits.
  • Most travelers have headphones, and are intently focused on their televisions.
  • Children with autism often focus intently on a single activity or feature of their environment.
  • Along a wall, environment programmers stare intently at screens, fine-tuning scenery in the latest levels.
  • And when the record started, we'd listen intently together and do nothing else.
  • They look serious, intently listening to the one in the corner, who seems to be giving the speech of his life.
British Dictionary definitions for intently


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
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 intently



"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.

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