intent[in tent′; for n., also in′tent′]
- The definition of intent is being focused on something.
- An example of intent is when you are planning to visit your mother.
- An example of intent is when you are involved with completing your knitting.
- Intent is defined as something you plan or mean to do.
An example of intent is when a politician means to become president.
- firmly directed or fixed; earnest; intense: an intent look
- having the mind or attention firmly directed or fixed; engrossed: intent on his studies
- strongly resolved: intent on going
Origin of intentClassical Latin intentus, past participle of intendere: see intend
- an act or instance of intending
- something intended; specif.,
- a purpose; object; aim
- meaning or import
- Law one's mental attitude, including purpose, will, determination, etc., at the time of doing an act
Origin of intentME entente, intente < OFr entente & ML intentus, both < L intentus, a stretching out < intendere: see intend
to all intents and purposes
- Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention.
- Law The state of mind necessary for an act to constitute a crime.
- Firmly fixed; concentrated: an intent gaze.
- Having the attention applied; engrossed: The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room.
- Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose: was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized.
Origin of intentMiddle English entent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin intentus, from Latin, an extending, from intentus, attentive to, strained, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.
(countable and uncountable, plural intents)
(comparative more intent, superlative most intent)
intent - Legal Definition
- The perpetrator’s frame of mind in committing an criminal act.
- The wishes and desires of the framers of the United States Constitution or of legislation.