in·​tent·​ly | \ in-ˈtent-lē How to pronounce intently (audio) \

Definition of intently

: 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Intently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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