WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•tent1 /ɪnˈtɛnt/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- something intended;
intention[countable; usually singular]The original intent was to raise funds.
- the act or fact of intending, as to do something[uncountable]The burglar entered the house with criminal intent.
- [uncountable] meaning; significance;
in•tent2 /ɪnˈtɛnt/USA pronunciation
- Idioms, Philosophyto or for all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes;
practically speaking:His adoptive father was for all intents and purposes his real father.
in•tent•ness, n. [uncountable]
- firmly fixed or directed:gave us an intent stare.
- having the attention sharply fixed on something[be + ~]I was intent on my work and didn't hear you.
- determined or resolved[be + ~]was intent on revenge.
(in tent′), n.
- something that is intended;
intention:The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
- the act or fact of intending, as to do something:criminal intent.
- Law[Law.]the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
- meaning or significance.
- Idiomsto or for all intents and purposes, for all practical purposes; practically speaking;
virtually:The book is, to all intents and purposes, a duplication of earlier efforts.
1 . See intention. 2 . aim, plan, plot.
(in tent′), adj.
- Late Latin, as above
- Old French
- Late Latin intentus an aim, purpose, Latin: a stretching out (inten(dere) to intend + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action); replacing Middle English entent(e)
- Middle English 1175–1225
- 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.
intense:an intent person.
1, 2 . concentrated. 3 . resolute, set.
3 . irresolute.
- Latin intentus taut, intent, past participle of intendere to intend; compare intense
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
intent /ɪnˈtɛnt/ n
- something that is intended; aim; purpose; design
- the act of intending
- the will or purpose with which one does an act
- implicit meaning; connotation
- to all intents and purposes ⇒ for all practical purposes; virtually
Etymology: 13th Century (in the sense: intention): from Late Latin intentus aim, intent, from Latin: a stretching out; see intendinˈtently adv inˈtentness n
- firmly fixed; determined; concentrated: an intent look
- (postpositive; usually followed by on or upon) having the fixed intention (of); directing one's mind or energy (to): intent on committing a crime
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