noun in·tent \in-ˈtent\

: the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose

Full Definition of INTENT

a :  the act or fact of intending :  purpose; especially :  the design or purpose to commit a wrongful or criminal act <admitted wounding him with intent>
b :  the state of mind with which an act is done :  volition
:  a usually clearly formulated or planned intention :  aim <the director's intent>

Examples of INTENT

  1. She thinks I'm trying to make things difficult for her, but that's not my intent.
  2. What was the the writer's intent?
  3. The intent of the law is to protect consumers.
  4. He was charged with assault with intent to kill.

Origin of INTENT

Middle English entente, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin intentus, from Latin, act of stretching out, from intendere
First Known Use: 13th century



: showing concentration or great attention

Full Definition of INTENT

:  directed with strained or eager attention :  concentrated
:  having the mind, attention, or will concentrated on something or some end or purpose <intent on their work>
in·tent·ly adverb
in·tent·ness noun

Examples of INTENT

  1. <intent on finishing her sculpture in time for the group show>
  2. <he was so intent on his work that he didn't hear the dog bark>

Origin of INTENT

Latin intentus, from past participle of intendere
First Known Use: 14th century


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