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Definition of intent noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable] intent (to do something) (formal or )
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  • (law) what you intend to do synonym intention She denies possessing the drug with intent to sell. He was charged with wounding with intent. a letter/statement of intent His intent is clearly not to placate his critics.
  • Idioms
    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, for all intents and purposes, closed. The two items are, for all intents and purposes, identical.
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