intent

I.
/ɪnˈtɛnt / (say in'tent)

noun
1. an intending or purposing, as to commit some act: criminal intent.
2. that which is intended; purpose; aim; design; intention: my intent was to buy.
3. Law the state of someone's mind which directs their actions towards a specific object.
4. the end or object intended.
phrase
5. to all intents and purposes,
a. for all practical purposes; practically.
b. for all the ends and purposes in view.
{partly Middle English intent, variant of entent, from Old French: intention, from Latin intentus a stretching out; partly Middle English intente, variant of entente, from Old French: purpose, from Latin intendere stretch out}
II.
/ɪnˈtɛnt / (say in'tent)

adjective
1. firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed (upon something): an intent gaze.
2. having the gaze or thoughts earnestly fixed on something: intent on one's job.
3. bent, as on some purpose: intent on revenge.
4. earnest: an intent person.
{Latin intentus, past participle, stretched, intent}
intently, adverb
intentness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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