intently

adverb

in·​tent·​ly in-ˈtent-lē How to pronounce intently (audio)
: in an intent or concentrated manner : with great effort, attention, or concentration
Their eyes, when they look at you and listen intently, focus like laser beams.Molly Haskell
He turned back to face her again and stared at her most intently.Robert C. O'Brien

Examples of intently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That doesn’t stop him from continuing to listen intently to educators in the field. Stephen Wunker, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 At the Beverly Hilton around lunchtime on Friday, Jordan Rodarte listened intently to union stewards presenting terms of the contract. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 Wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, the lawyer listened intently as a judge asked the Texas solicitor general what would happen if officers bring someone to a port of entry but federal authorities refuse to take them. Patrick Svitek, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 These are the stretches when chess masters stare intently at the board, sifting through various possible gambits in their minds. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2024 Finishing off the 40-second-long video, Amber jumps in with more music as her husband speaks intently, seemingly about a new TV. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 10 Mar. 2024 Washington, who was dressed in a gray suit and had been looking on intently, chortled. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 Trump attended Thursday's arguments, listening intently with his hands sometimes clasped in front of him on the defense table as his attorneys pressed Cannon to throw out the case. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 15 Mar. 2024 Trump attended Thursday’s arguments, listening intently with his hands sometimes clasped in front of him on the defense table as his attorneys pressed Cannon to throw out the case. Eric Tucker, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intently was in the 15th century

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“Intently.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intently. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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