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Definition of intent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1showing strong interest and attention an intent gaze/look His eyes were suddenly intent. His face filled with an intent curiosity.
  2. 2(formal) determined to do something, especially something that will harm other people intent on/upon something They were intent on murder. intent on/upon doing something Are you intent upon destroying my reputation?
  3. 3intent on/upon something giving all your attention to something I was so intent on my work that I didn't notice the time. The bright brown eyes were intent on Marie.
    adverb She looked at him intently. I listened intently to what she had to say.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: intent

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