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’
    • ‘Second, many advisers are still intent on chasing high returns.’
    • ‘Mr Elliott said councillors were ‘upset’ that the youngsters seemed so intent on wreaking havoc.’
    • ‘What Wales didn't have was a confidence that reflected their ability or a culture that was intent on building that confidence.’
    • ‘He also warned their opposition could backfire because he was now intent on deregulating the restaurant sector.’
    • ‘Chip's face was firm and Kim could tell he was intent on keeping himself above water.’
    • ‘But the contest was far from over as the two international challengers were intent on playing their hands late.’
    • ‘If they are intent on doing something, then they will do it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Burley understands the mood though, and is intent on lifting it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was intent on giving a few of my friends some motivation to get them done early.’
    • ‘The joy of it is that we still don't know where it's headed; but we're absolutely intent on enjoying the ride.’
    • ‘They will no doubt be intent on making it one to remember.’
    • ‘And no matter what people say she is quite intent on fulfilling that dream.’
    • ‘He said he was intent on protecting direct payments to Ireland which were worth 2 billion euro annually.’
    • ‘Now, decades since those heady days, two Irish businessmen are intent on waging their own space race.’
    • ‘The couple are intent on keeping Lucy in touch with her roots.’
    • ‘They were intent on driving the Portuguese out of this tropical paradise and claiming it for themselves.’
    • ‘According to reports, the accidents were caused by a man who was intent on killing himself.’
    • ‘It is also the only music station which is not intent on fleecing 16 to 24-year-olds.’
    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’
      • ‘He was very intent on this task, as if he fancied himself a latter-day St. Francis.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘I was so intent in my thoughts, that it took a while for me to realize that Randilyn had stopped playing.’
      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’
    • ‘Ronnie looked back at him with an intent gaze, his assuring smile suggesting he awaited an answer.’
    • ‘Danny looked up to see Cameron at the door, leaning back against it with an intent look in his eyes.’
    • ‘I looked around and saw Dame coming towards me with an intent look in his eyes, and I laughed.’
    • ‘I glanced at him, seeing his intent face, and decided against something sarcastic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With an intent stare, she gazed into the flames, seeming to go into a trance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She has an unsettling intent look, and seems to see things the people around her don't.’
    • ‘Chase stepped back and simply regarded me with an intent stare that made me squirm unconsciously.’
    • ‘She looked Mike directly in the eyes, catching the intent green eyed gaze head on.’
    • ‘She stares into the light without flinching, her expression deadly serious and intent.’
    • ‘He stood up, wiping his hands on his breeches, and a more intent look on his face.’
    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’
      • ‘It is, to all intents and purposes, an attempt to rebrand Egypt.’
      • ‘I am, to all intents and purposes, a private person.’
      • ‘But as Harold says, to all intents and purposes, they are very accepting of Camilla.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And that, folks, is it, to all intents and purposes.’
      • ‘His career, to all intents and purposes, was already over.’
      • ‘That, to all intents and purposes, ends his year from a playing perspective.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘At an earlier hearing Carter pleaded guilty to arson with intent to endanger life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

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/