- A purpose; object; aim.
- Meaning or import.
An example of intent is when a politician means to become president.
The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room.
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.
An intent look.
Intent on his studies.
Intent on going.
An intent gaze.
Was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized.
- In every practical sense; practically:To all intents and purposes the case is closed.
- in almost every respect; practically; virtually
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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