Intent definition

ĭn-tĕnt
Something that is intended; an aim or purpose.
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Something intended.
  • A purpose; object; aim.
  • Meaning or import.
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Intent is defined as something you plan or mean to do.

An example of intent is when a politician means to become president.

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(law) The state of mind necessary for an act to constitute a crime.
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Having the attention applied; engrossed.

The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room.

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A purpose; something that is intended.
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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.

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Firmly directed or fixed; earnest; intense.

An intent look.

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Having the mind or attention firmly directed or fixed; engrossed.

Intent on his studies.

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Strongly resolved.

Intent on going.

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(law) One's mental attitude, including purpose, will, determination, etc., at the time of doing an act.
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The perpetrator’s frame of mind in committing an criminal act.
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The wishes and desires of the framers of the United States Constitution or of legislation.
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The view that the United States Constitution should be strictly construed in light of the framer’s intentions, rather than with modern values and interpretations.
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(law) The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an offence.
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Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.

A mind intent on self-improvement.

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Unwavering from a course of action.
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Firmly fixed; concentrated.

An intent gaze.

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Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose.

Was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized.

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An act or instance of intending.
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  • In every practical sense; practically:
    To all intents and purposes the case is closed.
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for (or to) all intents and purposes
  • in almost every respect; practically; virtually
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
intent
Plural:
intents

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

for (<i>or</i> to) all intents and purposes

Origin of intent

  • 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 intend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Existing since Middle English, from Old French entent or entente, ultimately from Latin intendere.

    From Wiktionary