Definitions for intentɪnˈtɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. something that is intended; purpose; design; intention:

    The original intent was to raise funds.

  2. the act or fact of intending, as to do something:

    criminal intent.

  3. Law. the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward an objective.

    Category: Law

  4. meaning or significance.

Idioms for intent:

  1. to or for all intents and purposes,for all practical purposes; practically speaking; virtually.

    Category: Idiom, Philosphy

Origin of intent:

1175–1225; ME entent(e) < OF < LL intentus an aim, purpose, L: a stretching out =inten(dere) to intend+-tus suffix of v. action)


  1. firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed:

    an intent stare.

  2. having the attention sharply focused on something:

    intent on one's work.

  3. determined or resolved; having the mind or will fixed on some goal:

    intent on revenge.

Origin of intent:

1600–10; < L intentus taut, intent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, design(noun)

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

    "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"

  2. intent, purport, spirit(adj)

    the intended meaning of a communication

  3. captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped(adj)

    giving or marked by complete attention to

    "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. intent(adjective)ɪnˈtɛnt

    focusing your effort or attention on sth

    a team intent on winning; an intent look on her face; The girl watched intently.

  2. intent(noun)ɪnˈtɛnt


    It was not my intent to upset anyone.


  1. intent(Noun)

    The purpose of something that is intended.

  2. intent(Noun)

    The state of someoneu2019s mind at the time of committing an offence.

  3. intent(Adjective)

    Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.

  4. intent(Adjective)


  5. intent(Adjective)

    Unwavering from a course of action.

  6. Origin: Existing since , from entent or entente, ultimately from intendere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intent(adj)

    closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on self-improvement

  2. Intent(adj)

    having the mind closely directed to or bent on an object; sedulous; eager in pursuit of an object; -- formerly with to, but now with on; as, intent on business or pleasure

  3. Intent(noun)

    the act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim


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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intent' in Nouns Frequency: #2547

Translations for intent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with on ) meaning, planning or wanting to do (something)

He's intent on going; He's intent on marrying the girl.

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