intent meaning

intent meaning

 If you are intent on doing something, you are determined to get it done. If you have an intent, you have a motive or purpose.

Intention and intent are synonyms, but with a subtle difference. Intention implies a general desire or plan to accomplish something, while intent is a little stronger, indicating a firm resolve to get it done. Intent can be used as a noun or adjective. So you may be intent on finishing your homework, but the amount of it has you convinced of your teacher’s ill intent.

Definitions of intent
  1. noun

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

    “his
    intent was to provide a new translation”

    synonyms:
    aim, design, intention, mission, purpose

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    idea, mind

    your intention; what you intend to do
    cross-purpose

    a contrary aim
    final cause

    (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
    sake

    the purpose of achieving or obtaining
    view

    purpose; the phrase `with a view to’ means `with the intention of’ or `for the purpose of’
    will

    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

    type of:

    end, goal

    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  2. noun

    the intended meaning of a communication

    synonyms:
    purport, spirit

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    type of:

    import, meaning, significance, signification

    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  3. adjective

    giving or marked by complete attention to

    “”so
    intent on this fantastic…narrative that she hardly stirred”- Walter de la Mare”

    synonyms:
    absorbed, captive, engrossed, enwrapped, wrapped

    attentive

    (often followed by `to’) giving care or attention
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