Definition of intent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtent//
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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.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French entent, entente, based on Latin intendere ‘intend, extend, direct’, from in- ‘towards’ + tendere ‘stretch, tend’. The adjective is from Latin intentus, past participle of intendere.Extra examples Her gaze was suddenly intent. She was very intent on her work. They are clearly intent on maintaining standards.
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