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English Dictionary: intent by the DICT Development Group
3 results for intent
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): purpose, intent, intention, aim, design
  2. the intended meaning of a communication
    Synonym(s): intent, purport, spirit
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Intent \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.
            [bd]He was miserable to all intents and purpose.[b8]
      Syn: Design; purpose; intention; meaning; purport; view;
               drift; object; end; aim; plan.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Intent \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.
            [bd]Intent on mischief.[b8] --Milton.
                     Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of
                     the speaker.                                       --I. Watts.
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