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intent    : [ɪnt'ɛnt]
Intent \In*tent"\, a. [L. intentus, p. p. of intendere. See
{Intend}, and cf. {Intense}.]
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1. Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the
mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on
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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.
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Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of
the speaker. --I. Watts.
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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; meaning; drift; aim.
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Be thy intents wicked or charitable. --Shak.
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The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the
laws of duties supernatural. --Hooker.
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{To all intents and purposes}, in all applications or senses;
practically; really; virtually; in essence; essentially.
"He was miserable to all intents and purpose."

Syn: Design; purpose; intention; meaning; purport; view;
drift; object; end; aim; plan.
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adj 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: {captive},
{absorbed}, {engrossed}, {enwrapped}, {intent},
n 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: {purpose},
{intent}, {intention}, {aim}, {design}]
2: the intended meaning of a communication [synonym: {intent},
{purport}, {spirit}]

183 Moby Thesaurus words for "intent":
abandoned, absorbed, absorbed in, acceptation, advertent, afire,
agog, aim, alert, all ears, all eyes, ambition, animus, ardent,
aspiration, assiduous, attending, attentive, avid, aware, bent,
bent on, buried in, burning, careful, caught up in, committed,
conation, concentrated, conscious, contemplating, contemplative,
counsel, dead set on, decided, decided upon, decisive, dedicated,
deep, desideration, desideratum, design, desire, determination,
determined, determined upon, devoted, devoted to, devout, diligent,
eager, earnest, effect, end, engaged, engrossed, engrossed in,
enthusiastic, faithful, fervent, fervid, fiery, finical, finicking,
finicky, firm, fixed, fixed purpose, fixed upon, flaming, function,
goal, hearty, heated, heedful, hell-bent on, hot, hot-blooded,
idea, immersed, immersed in, impassioned, import, in earnest,
in effect, inclination, intending, intendment, intense, intent on,
intent upon, intention, intentive, involved, keen, lost in, loyal,
meaning, meditating, meditative, meticulous, mind, mindful,
monomaniacal, monopolized, more or less, motive, nice, niggling,
nisus, object, objective, observant, observing, obsessed, occupied,
on fire, on the ball, on the job, open-eared, open-eyed,
openmouthed, passionate, perfervid, plan, point, practically,
preoccupied, project, proposal, prospectus, purport, purpose, rapt,
red-hot, regardful, resolute, resolution, resolve, resolved,
resolved upon, riveted, sake, sense, serious, set, set on, settled,
settled upon, significance, significancy, signification, sincere,
single-minded, sot on, spirited, steadfast, steady, striving,
studious, study, studying, submerged in, swept up, taken up with,
target, tendency, totally absorbed, understanding, vehement, view,
virtually, volition, warm, watchful, watching, white-hot, will,
wrapped, wrapped in, wrapped up, wrapped up in, zealous

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