Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

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
(Definition of intent noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of intent

Definitions of “intent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

warm-up

something that you do to prepare yourself for an activity, especially gentle exercises before a physical activity

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More