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
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n an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

“his intent was to provide a new translation”
Synonyms:
aim, design, intention, purpose
Types:
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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
Type of:
end, goal
the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

n the intended meaning of a communication

Synonyms:
purport, spirit
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

adj 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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