from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. synonym: intention.
  • noun Law The state of mind necessary for an act to constitute a crime.
  • adjective Firmly fixed; concentrated.
  • adjective Having the attention applied; engrossed.
  • adjective Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose.
  • idiom (for/to) In every practical sense; practically.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To accuse; charge.
  • Firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed (upon something); fixed with strained or earnest attention: as, an intent look or gaze; his thoughts are intent upon his duty.
  • Having the mind bent or earnestly fixed upon something; sedulously engaged or settled: usually with on or upon: as, a person intent upon business or pleasure.
  • Earnestly attentive; strongly devoted: with to.
  • noun That which is intended; purpose; aim; design; intention; meaning.
  • noun In law: Personal intention; the state of mind in respect of intelligent volition; the voluntary purposing of an act: often distinguishable from the motive which led to the formation of the intent. See criminal intent, below.
  • noun The tendency imputable by law to an act; the constructive purpose of an action, for which the doer may be responsible, although the actual intent was not wrongful: as when a conveyance is said to be intended to defraud creditors, because, although it may have been without actual dishonest intention, it necessarily has that tendency.
  • noun Notion; idea; thought; opinion.
  • noun Attention; heed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim.
  • noun in all applications or senses; practically; really; virtually; in essence; essentially.
  • adjective Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the mind, thoughts, etc..
  • adjective 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The purpose of something that is intended.
  • noun law The state of someone’s mind at the time of committing an offence.
  • adjective Firmly fixed or concentrated on something.
  • adjective Engrossed.
  • adjective Unwavering from a course of action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the intended meaning of a communication
  • noun an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  • adjective giving or marked by complete attention to


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English entent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin intentus, from Latin, an extending, from intentus, attentive to, strained, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Existing since Middle English, from Old French entent or entente, ultimately from Latin intendere.



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