Definitions for: Intent

[n] 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"
[n] the intended meaning of a communication
[adj] wholly absorbed as in thought; "deep in thought"; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "the book had her totally engrossed"; "enwrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"
[adj] directed with intense concentration; "a fixed stare"; "an intent gaze"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*tent", a. [L. intentus, p. p. of intendere. See
Intend, and cf. Intense.]
1. Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the
mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on

2. 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.
``Intent on mischief.'' --Milton.

Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of
the speaker. --I. Watts.

In*tent", n. [OE. entent, entente, attention, purpose,
OF. entente, F. entente understanding, meaning; a participial
noun, fr. F. & OF. entendre. See Intend.]
The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a
design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim.

Be thy intents wicked or charitable. --Shak.

The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the
?aws of duties supernatural. --Hooker.

To all intents, and purposes, in all applications or
senses; practically; really; virtually; essentially. ``He
was miserable to all intents and purpose.'' --L'Estrange.

Syn: Design; purpose; intention; meaning; purport; view;
drift; object; end; aim; plan.

Synonyms: absorbed, aim, attentive, concentrated, design, engrossed, enwrapped, fixed, intention, purport, purpose, rapt, spirit, wrapped

See Also: cross-purpose, end, goal, idea, import, meaning, mind, sake, significance, signification, view, will

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