Definition of "intent" []

  • Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention. (noun)
  • Law The state of one's mind at the time one carries out an action. (noun)
  • Meaning; purport. (noun)
  • Firmly fixed; concentrated: an intent gaze. (adjective)
  • Having the attention applied; engrossed: The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room. (adjective)
  • Something that is intended; aim; purpose; design (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The act of intending (noun)
  • The will or purpose with which one does an act (noun)
  • Implicit meaning; connotation (noun)
  • Firmly fixed; determined; concentrated (adjective)
  • Having the fixed intention (of); directing one's mind or energy (to) (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "intent" in a sentence
  • "He saw a lean boy who seemed more mature than eight years old, his expression intent and serious."
  • "She was focused solely on Robert, her expression intent as she hung on his every word."
  • "Lucien gripped her arms, his expression intent as he ordered, “Stay here.”"