intent

If you are intent on doing something, you are determined to get it done. If you have an intent, you have a motive or purpose.

Intention and intent are synonyms, but with a subtle difference. Intention implies a general desire or plan to accomplish something, while intent is a little stronger, indicating a firm resolve to get it done. Intent can be used as a noun or adjective. So you may be intent on finishing your homework, but the amount of it has you convinced of your teacher's ill intent.

Definitions of intent
  1. noun
    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    “his intent was to provide a new translation”
    synonyms: aim, design, intention, mission, purpose
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    idea, mind
    your intention; what you intend to do
    cross-purpose
    a contrary aim
    final cause
    (philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
    sake
    the purpose of achieving or obtaining
    view
    purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'
    will
    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
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    end, goal
    the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  2. noun
    the intended meaning of a communication
    synonyms: purport, spirit
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    import, meaning, significance, signification
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  3. adjective
    giving or marked by complete attention to
    “"so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare”
    synonyms: absorbed, captive, engrossed, enwrapped, wrapped
    attentive
    (often followed by `to') giving care or attention
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