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intent (n.)

"purpose," early 13c., from Old French entent, entente "goal, end, aim, purpose; attention, application," and directly from Latin intentus "a stretching out," in Late Latin "intention, purpose," noun use of past participle of intendere "stretch out, lean toward, strain," literally "to stretch out" (see intend). In law, "state of mind with respect to intelligent volition" (17c.).

intent (adj.)

late 14c., "very attentive, eager," from Latin intentus "attentive, eager, waiting, strained," past participle of intendere "to strain, stretch" (see intend). Sense of "having the mind fixed (upon something)" is from c. 1600. Related: Intently.

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Definitions of intent from WordNet
1
intent (n.)
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions;
his intent was to provide a new translation
Synonyms: purpose / intention / aim / design
intent (n.)
the intended meaning of a communication;
Synonyms: purport / spirit
2
intent (adj.)
giving or marked by complete attention to; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare;
Synonyms: captive / absorbed / engrossed / enwrapped / wrapped
From wordnet.princeton.edu