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English definition of “intent”

intent

noun [U]     /ɪnˈtent/ formal or specialized
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
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