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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention.
  • n. Law The state of one's mind at the time one carries out an action.
  • n. Meaning; purport.
  • adj. Firmly fixed; concentrated: an intent gaze.
  • adj. Having the attention applied; engrossed: The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room.
  • adj. Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose: was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized.
  • idiom for In every practical sense; practically: To all intents and purposes the case is closed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The purpose of something that is intended.
  • n. The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an offence.
  • adj. Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.
  • adj. Engrossed.
  • adj. Unwavering from a course of action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the mind, thoughts, etc..
  • adj. Having the mind closely directed to or bent on an object; sedulous; eager in pursuit of an object; -- formerly with to, but now with on.
  • n. The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed (upon something); fixed with strained or earnest attention: as, an intent look or gaze; his thoughts are intent upon his duty.
  • Having the mind bent or earnestly fixed upon something; sedulously engaged or settled: usually with on or upon: as, a person intent upon business or pleasure.
  • Earnestly attentive; strongly devoted: with to.
  • n. That which is intended; purpose; aim; design; intention; meaning.
  • n. In law: Personal intention; the state of mind in respect of intelligent volition; the voluntary purposing of an act: often distinguishable from the motive which led to the formation of the intent. See criminal intent, below.
  • n. The tendency imputable by law to an act; the constructive purpose of an action, for which the doer may be responsible, although the actual intent was not wrongful: as when a conveyance is said to be intended to defraud creditors, because, although it may have been without actual dishonest intention, it necessarily has that tendency.
  • n. Notion; idea; thought; opinion.
  • n. Attention; heed.
  • To accuse; charge.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the intended meaning of a communication
  • n. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  • adj. giving or marked by complete attention to

Etymologies

Middle English entent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin intentus, from Latin, an extending, from intentus, attentive to, strained, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Existing since Middle English, from Old French entent or entente, ultimately from Latin intendere. (Wiktionary)

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