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



BrE BrE//ɪnˈtent//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtent//
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  • [uncountable] intent (to do something) (formal or law) what you intend to do synonym intention She denies possessing the drug with intent to supply. He was charged with wounding with intent. a letter/statement of intent His intent is clearly not to placate his critics.
  • 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.Idioms
    to all intents and purposes (British English) (North American English for all intents and purposes)
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    in the effects that something has, if not in reality; almost completely By 1981 the docks had, to all intents and purposes, closed. The two items are, to all intents and purposes, identical.
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