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intent

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2 having the mind fixed on something
  • He was so intent on his work that he didn't hear the dog bark.
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all ears

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intent

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1 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
  • I'm sorry that I hurt your feelings; that wasn't my intent.
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name of the game

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2 the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action
  • The wording was a little unclear, but I think I grasped the intent.
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intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about.
    • announced his intention to marry
intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness.
    • the clear intent of the statute
purpose suggests a more settled determination.
    • being successful was her purpose in life
design implies a more carefully calculated plan.
    • the order of events came by accident, not design
aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing.
    • her aim was to raise film to an art form
end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such.
    • willing to use any means to achieve his end
object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need.
    • his constant object was the achievement of pleasure
objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable.
    • their objective is to seize the oil fields
goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship.
    • worked years to reach her goals


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