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

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. [1913 Webster]

Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of the speaker. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intent — See: TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • intent — See: TO ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • letter of intent — Date: circa 1942 a written statement of the intention to enter into a formal agreement …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To all intents and purposes — 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Attentive — At*ten tive ([a^]t*t[e^]n t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. attentif.] 1. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention. [1913 Webster] Note: Attentive is applied to the senses of hearing and seeing, as, an attentive ear or eye; to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attentively — Attentive At*ten tive ([a^]t*t[e^]n t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. attentif.] 1. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention. [1913 Webster] Note: Attentive is applied to the senses of hearing and seeing, as, an attentive ear or eye; to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attentiveness — Attentive At*ten tive ([a^]t*t[e^]n t[i^]v), a. [Cf. F. attentif.] 1. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention. [1913 Webster] Note: Attentive is applied to the senses of hearing and seeing, as, an attentive ear or eye; to the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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