WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
in•tent1 /ɪnˈtɛnt/USA pronunciation
usually singular] something intended;
intention:The original intent was to raise funds.
- [uncountable] the act or fact of intending, as to do something: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.
- [be + ~] having the attention sharply fixed on something:I was intent on my work and didn't hear you.
- [be + ~] determined or resolved:was intent on revenge.
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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