1
[ adjective ] directed with intense concentration

Synonyms

fixed

Examples

"a fixed stare" "an intent gaze"

Used in print

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

The car was just about to us , its driver 's fat , solemn face intent on the road ahead , on business , on a family in Sante_Fe - on anything but an old pick-up truck in which two human_beings desperately needed rescue .

Related terms

concentrated

2
[ adjective ] wholly absorbed as in thought

Examples

"deep in thought" "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"

Related terms

attentive

3
[ noun ] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

Examples

"his intent was to provide a new translation" "good intentions are not enough" "the conscious aim of answering immediate needs" "he made no secret of his designs"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Whatever the merits of its intent , Utopian communism is far too naive , far too crude , to suit any modern socialist or communist .

4
[ noun ] the intended meaning of a communication

Synonyms

spirit purport

Used in print

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

The first sentence , with its platitudinous irony , announces an emblematic intent : `` The way to the churchyard ran_along beside the highroad , ran beside it all_the_way to the end ; that_is_to_say , to the churchyard '' .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

Whenever artists , indeed , turned_to actual representations or molded three-dimensional_figures , which were rare down to 800 B.C. , they tended to reflect reality ( see Plate 6a , 9b ) ; a schematic , abstract treatment of men and animals , by intent , rose only in the late eighth century .

Related terms

meaning aim

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