intentness

intent

2 [in-tent]
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

intently, adverb
intentness, noun


1, 2. concentrated. 3. resolute, set.


3. irresolute.
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intent (ɪnˈtɛnt)
 
n
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
 
adj
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
 
[C13 (in the sense: intention): from Late Latin intentus aim, intent, from Latin: a stretching out; see intend]
 
in'tently
 
adv
 
in'tentness
 
n

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intent
"purpose," early 13c., from O.Fr. entente, from L.L. intentus "attention," from L. intentus (fem. intentia), pp. of intendere "stretch out, lean toward, strain," lit. "stretched out" (see intend). Intentionally "on purpose" is from 1660s.

intent
"very attentive," 1606, from L. intentus "attentive, eager, strained," pp. of intendere "to strain, stretch" (see intend).
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