intent
I. noun Etymology: Middle English entente, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin intentus, from Latin, act of stretching out, from intendere Date: 13th century 1. a. the act or fact of intending ; purpose; especially the design or purpose to commit a wrongful or criminal act <
admitted wounding him with intent
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b. the state of mind with which an act is done ; volition 2. a usually clearly formulated or planned intention ; aim <
the director's intent
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3. a. meaning, significance b. connotation 3 Synonyms: see intention II. adjective Etymology: Latin intentus, from past participle of intendere Date: 14th century 1. directed with strained or eager attention ; concentrated 2. having the mind, attention, or will concentrated on something or some end or purpose <
intent on their work
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intently adverbintentness noun

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