Definitions of intent

  1. wholly absorbed as in thought; " deep in thought"; " that engrossed look or rapt delight"; " the book had her totally engrossed"; " enwrapped in dreams"; " so intent on this fantastic... narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; " rapt with wonder"; " wrapped in thought"
  2. directed with intense concentration; " a fixed stare"; " an intent gaze"
  3. the intended meaning of a communication
  4. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
  5. Intently.
  6. The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim.
  7. Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; - said of the mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on self- improvement.
  8. 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.
  9. Having the mind strained or closely fixed on a subject; anxiously diligent; constantly giving attention to; with on.
  10. Purpose; aim; meaning.
  11. Intentness.
  12. Having the mind intense or bent on: fixed with close attention: diligently applied.
  13. The thing aimed at or intended: a design: meaning.
  14. Bent on; diligent; close.
  15. Design; purpose.
  16. Eager; earnest.
  17. Intention; meaning; aim; purpose.
  18. Having the mind strained or bent on an object; fixed closely; sedulously applied.
  19. The thing aimed at or intended; aim; purpose. To all intents, in all senses; whatever may be meant or intended.
  20. Having the mind strained or closely fixed on a subject; anxiously diligent.
  21. The thing aimed at or intended; a design or purpose; drift.

Usage examples for intent

  1. They are like children, entirely absorbed in the interest and delight of intent creation. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  2. And all this was done to the intent to slay Sir Tristram. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  3. On, and still on, the journey went, Yet has he kept us all in view, Working in age with youth's intent In living- fresh, in loving- true. – Fragments of an Autobiography by Felix Moscheles
  4. I continued looking, and still saw my father looking at me with an intent expression. – Occultism and Common-Sense by Beckles Willson
  5. The people of the ship stood alone by themselves, with hostile intent waiting impatiently for the end of his song. – Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance. by Friedrich von Hardenberg
  6. But James was too deeply intent on his next move to be embarrassed by his lack of clothes. – The Stolen Singer by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  7. And the big man listened with intent face. – Mr. Achilles by Jennette Lee
  8. He started, full of some secret intent for the door. – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  9. As for myself, I sat and wondered if I had a deadly enemy, intent on my destruction. – The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. 144. " Nor does the Scriptures cited by thee prove thy intent – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  11. Lord Gartley now began to make love with full intent and purpose. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  12. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Eveleth was scarcely thinking of Diane's words- she was so intent on the poor little, tear- worn face before her. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  13. I had observed all this, without taking note of it at the time- being too intent in my stalk to think of anything else. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  14. She was quite intent upon her purpose. – We Girls: A Home Story by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  15. There's only one thing I am sure of- that I must say this much: All my seeking of you, last winter, meant the full intent and purpose to win you, if I could. – Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
  16. Whence do you come and with what intent – The Dragon and the Raven or, The Days of King Alfred by G. A. Henty
  17. His quick intent was to soothe her. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  18. I should not have been so intent and moved a little. – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  19. He was too intent on his work. – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  20. He was keeping his own counsel about his intent – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day