Definition of intent in English:

intent

noun

mass noun
  • Intention or purpose.

    ‘with alarm she realized his intent’
    count noun ‘a real intent to cut back on social programmes’
    aim, purpose, intention, objective, object, goal, target, end
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adjective

  • 1intent on/uponDetermined to do (something)

    ‘the government was intent on achieving greater efficiency’
    • ‘They will no doubt be intent on making it one to remember.’
    • ‘He has secured planning permission to develop the house and grounds, but is intent on also converting the castle into an annex of the hotel.’
    • ‘Mr Elliott said councillors were ‘upset’ that the youngsters seemed so intent on wreaking havoc.’
    • ‘The joy of it is that we still don't know where it's headed; but we're absolutely intent on enjoying the ride.’
    • ‘It is also the only music station which is not intent on fleecing 16 to 24-year-olds.’
    • ‘The couple are intent on keeping Lucy in touch with her roots.’
    • ‘If they are intent on doing something, then they will do it.’
    • ‘Second, many advisers are still intent on chasing high returns.’
    • ‘Burley understands the mood though, and is intent on lifting it.’
    • ‘What Wales didn't have was a confidence that reflected their ability or a culture that was intent on building that confidence.’
    • ‘The assumption is that the Bank of England is intent on tightening policy over the coming months, but its decisions will depend on the data.’
    • ‘But the contest was far from over as the two international challengers were intent on playing their hands late.’
    • ‘They were intent on driving the Portuguese out of this tropical paradise and claiming it for themselves.’
    • ‘And no matter what people say she is quite intent on fulfilling that dream.’
    • ‘Chip's face was firm and Kim could tell he was intent on keeping himself above water.’
    • ‘He said he was intent on protecting direct payments to Ireland which were worth 2 billion euro annually.’
    • ‘According to reports, the accidents were caused by a man who was intent on killing himself.’
    • ‘I was intent on giving a few of my friends some motivation to get them done early.’
    • ‘He also warned their opposition could backfire because he was now intent on deregulating the restaurant sector.’
    • ‘Now, decades since those heady days, two Irish businessmen are intent on waging their own space race.’
    bent, set, determined, insistent, fixed, resolved, hell-bent, keen
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    1. 1.1 Attentively occupied with.
      ‘Gill was intent on her gardening magazine’
      • ‘I was so intent in my thoughts, that it took a while for me to realize that Randilyn had stopped playing.’
      • ‘But the women take no notice of their admirers, so intent are they on their own conversation.’
      • ‘Mr McCall said the management was still ‘more intent on imposition than negotiation’.’
      • ‘He was very intent on this task, as if he fancied himself a latter-day St. Francis.’
      attentive, absorbed, engrossed, fascinated, enthralled, enrapt, rapt, focused, earnest, concentrated, concentrating, intense, studious, fixed, steady, steadfast, occupied, preoccupied, wrapped up, alert, watchful, observant
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  • 2(of a look or expression) showing earnest and eager attention.

    ‘a curiously intent look on her face’
    • ‘With an intent stare, she gazed into the flames, seeming to go into a trance.’
    • ‘He stood up, wiping his hands on his breeches, and a more intent look on his face.’
    • ‘She has an unsettling intent look, and seems to see things the people around her don't.’
    • ‘Ronnie looked back at him with an intent gaze, his assuring smile suggesting he awaited an answer.’
    • ‘I glanced at him, seeing his intent face, and decided against something sarcastic.’
    • ‘I was preoccupied with this useless energy when a huge man approached with an intent look on his face.’
    • ‘He had a concerned expression on his face that was so intent I've never seen it before.’
    • ‘Danny looked up to see Cameron at the door, leaning back against it with an intent look in his eyes.’
    • ‘She stares into the light without flinching, her expression deadly serious and intent.’
    • ‘I looked around and saw Dame coming towards me with an intent look in his eyes, and I laughed.’
    • ‘She looked Mike directly in the eyes, catching the intent green eyed gaze head on.’
    • ‘Chase stepped back and simply regarded me with an intent stare that made me squirm unconsciously.’
    • ‘The same eyes were looking at me, almost burning me with their intent gaze.’
    • ‘Jacqui turned from his intent gaze and stared out the window of the carriage.’
    • ‘His gaze was intent, and my face was hot, but I couldn't think of what to say next.’
    enthusiastic, avid, eager, ardent, passionate, fervent, fervid, impassioned, wholehearted, zestful, zealous, driven
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Phrases

  • to all intents and purposes

    • In all important respects.

      ‘a man who was to all intents and purposes illiterate’
      • ‘That, to all intents and purposes, ends his year from a playing perspective.’
      • ‘But as Harold says, to all intents and purposes, they are very accepting of Camilla.’
      • ‘His career, to all intents and purposes, was already over.’
      • ‘And that, folks, is it, to all intents and purposes.’
      • ‘I am, to all intents and purposes, a private person.’
      • ‘It is, to all intents and purposes, an attempt to rebrand Egypt.’
      • ‘In fact there was, to all intents and purposes, no plane.’
      • ‘The General Election campaign, to all intents and purposes, is well underway.’
      • ‘But to all intents and purposes that is exactly what the government initially did.’
      • ‘This is, to all intents and purposes, a pop record.’
      in effect, effectively, in essence, essentially, virtually, practically, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, in all important respects
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  • with intent

    • With the intention of committing a crime.

      ‘he denied arson with intent to endanger life’
      • ‘He faces charges of attempted arson and having articles with intent to destroy or damage property.’
      • ‘They are also charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence.’
      • ‘The teenagers pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent.’
      • ‘That certainly could not have affected the verdict on the wounding with intent.’
      • ‘At an earlier hearing Carter pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French entent, entente, based on Latin intendere (see intend). The adjective is from Latin intentus, past participle of intendere.

Pronunciation

intent

/ɪnˈtɛnt/