WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- 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;
- 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•tent2 /ɪnˈtɛnt/USA pronunciation adj.
- 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•ness, n. [uncountable]
- 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.
- Lawthe 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;
virtually:The book is, to all intents and purposes, a duplication of earlier efforts.
- 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
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See intention.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aim, plan, plot.
in•tent2 (in tent′),USA pronunciation adj.
- 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.
- Latin intentus taut, intent, past participle of intendere to intend; compare intense
- 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged concentrated.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged resolute, set.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged irresolute.