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intent

adjective uk   /ɪnˈtent/ us  
giving all your attention to something: an intent stare She had an intent look on her face.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
be intent on sth/doing sth C2 to be determined to do or achieve something: I've tried persuading her not to go but she's intent on it. He seems intent on upsetting everyone in the room!Strong-willed
intently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The child stared intently at her.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful

intent

noun [U] uk   /ɪnˈtent/ formal or specialized us  
C2 the fact that you want and plan to do something: I spent half the morning on the phone, which wasn't really my intent. [+ to infinitive] It was not his intent to hurt anyone. She was charged with possessing weapons with intent to endanger life.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping
(Definition of intent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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