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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)

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.

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.”"