1. Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on self-improvement.
2. Having the mind closely directed to or bent on an object; sedulous; eager in pursuit of an object; -- formerly with to, but now with on; as, intent on business or pleasure. “Intent on mischief.”
Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of the speaker. --I. Watts.
In·tent, n. The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim.
Be thy intents wicked or charitable. --Shak.
The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the laws of duties supernatural. --Hooker.
To all intents and purposes, in all applications or senses; practically; really; virtually; in essence; essentially. “He was miserable to all intents and purpose.”
Syn: -- Design; purpose; intention; meaning; purport; view; drift; object; end; aim; plan.
adj 1: directed with intense concentration; "a fixed stare"; "an
intent gaze" [syn: fixed]
2: wholly absorbed as in thought; "deep in thought"; "that
engrossed look or rapt delight"; "the book had her totally
engrossed"; "enwrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this
fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de
la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought" [syn: absorbed,
engrossed, enwrapped, rapt, wrapped]
n 1: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your
planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new
translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was
created with the conscious aim of answering immediate
needs"; "he made no secret of his designs" [syn: purpose,
intention, aim, design]
2: the intended meaning of a communication [syn: purport, spirit]