1. Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention.
2. Law The state of mind necessary for an act to constitute a crime.
1. Firmly fixed; concentrated: an intent gaze.
2. Having the attention applied; engrossed: The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room.
3. Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose: was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized.
for/to all intents and purposes
In every practical sense; practically: To all intents and purposes the case is closed.
[Middle English entent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin intentus, from Latin, an extending, from intentus, attentive to, strained, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see INTEND.]
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