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[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 of intent2
1600-1610
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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  • With a sudden, quick movement Emma McChesney turned from the window to the little dark man who was watching her so intently.

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  • The woman looked at him intently for a moment, then spoke in a colorless voice.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Woodley is now on his feet, and the two men standing close together, intently listen.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Watching her intently, Donald Whiting thought of all these things.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She lifted him close to her face, and intently searched his poppy eyes.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for intently

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 intently

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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