Meaning of intent


Pronunciation: (in-tent'), [key]
— n.
  1. something that is intended; purpose; design; intention: The original intent of the committee was to raise funds.
  2. the act or fact of intending, as to do something: criminal intent.
  3. the state of a person's mind that directs his or her actions toward a specific object.
  4. meaning or significance.
  5. for all practical purposes; practically speaking; virtually: The book is, to all intents and purposes, a duplication of earlier efforts.


Pronunciation: (in-tent'), [key]
— adj.
  1. firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed, as the eyes or mind: an intent gaze.
  2. having the attention sharply focused or fixed on something: intent on one's job.
  3. determined or resolved; having the mind or will fixed on some goal: intent on revenge.
  4. earnest; intense: an intent person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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