What does intent mean?

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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"


  1. intent(Noun)

    The purpose of something that is intended.

  2. intent(Noun)

    The state of someone's 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

  4. Origin: [L. intentus, p. p. of intendere. See Intend, and cf. Intense.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intent

    in-tent′, adj. having the mind bent on: fixed with close attention: diligently applied.—n. the thing aimed at or intended: a design: meaning.—n. Inten′tion, a fixing of the mind on any object: fixed direction of mind: the object aimed at: design: purpose.—adjs. Inten′tional, Inten′tioned, with intention: intended: designed.—advs. Inten′tionally, with intention; Intent′ly, in an intent manner.—adj. Inten′tive (Bacon), attentive.—n. Intent′ness.—To all intents and purposes, in every respect.—Well- (or Ill-) intentioned, having good (or ill) designs. [See Intend.]


  1. Intent

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of intent in a Sentence

  1. Rudy Giuliani:

    She acted with criminal intent.

  2. Ron Wyden:

    There was clearly an intent to collude.

  3. Noah Feldman:

    It's very hard to prove corrupt intent.

  4. Koon Chow:

    It's been a vindication of Hungary's intent.

  5. David Bossie:

    She has 100 % intent of impeaching The President.

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  • AbsichtGerman
  • πρόθεση, επιδίωξη, έμμονος, προσηλωμένος, σκοπός, αφοσιωμένοςGreek
  • intento, intención, concentrado, propósitoSpanish
  • نیتPersian
  • keskittynyt, vakaa, aikomus, määrätietoinen, tarkoitusFinnish
  • butéFrench
  • כוונהHebrew
  • ئامانجKurdish
  • consiliumLatin
  • நோக்கம்Tamil

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