- 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.
intent definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical 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: ME entente, intente < OFr entente & ML intentus, both < L intentus, a stretching out < intendere: see intend
intent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention.
- Law The state of one's mind at the time one carries out an action.
- Meaning; purport.
- 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: Middle 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.
- in·tentˈly adverb
- in·tentˈness noun
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.
intent - Phrases/Idioms
to all intents and purposes