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  1. intent

    The aim is the direction in which one shoots, or sometimes that which is aimed at. The mark is that at which one shoots; the goal, that toward which one runs. All alike indicate the direction of endeavor. The end is the point at which one expects or hopes to close his labors; the object, that which he would grasp as the reward of his labors. Aspiration, design, endeavor, purpose, referring to the mental acts by which the aim is attained, are often used as interchangeable with aim. Aspiration applies to what are viewed as noble aims; endeavor, design, intention, purpose, indifferently to the best or worst. Aspiration has less of decision than the other terms; one may aspire to an object, and yet lack the fixedness of purpose by which alone it can be attained. Purpose is stronger than intention. Design especially denotes the adaptation of means to an end; endeavor refers to the exertions by which it is to be attained. One whose aims are worthy, whose aspirations are high, whose designs are wise, and whose purposes are steadfast, may hope to reach the goal of his ambition, and will surely win some object worthy of a life's endeavor. Compare AMBITION; DESIGN.

    aim, aspiration, design, determination, end, end, endeavor, endeavor, goal, inclination, intention, mark, object, purpose, tendency

    aimlessness, avoidance, carelessness, heedlessness, neglect, negligence, oversight, purposelessness, thoughtlessness

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  1. intentnoun

    design, purpose, intention, drift, meaning, purport, aim, view

    chance, lot, fate, accident

  2. intent

    eager, fixed, urgent

    indifferent, diverted, distracted

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. purpose, intent, intention, aim, designnoun

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

    "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"

    intention, objective, use, design, determination, aim, designing, figure, role, purport, function, excogitation, conception, pattern, spirit, blueprint, object, invention, target, innovation, bearing, purpose, plan, heading


  2. intent, purport, spiritadjective

    the intended meaning of a communication

    intention, aim, liveliness, smell, design, flavour, disembodied spirit, sprightliness, feel, purport, flavor, look, spirit, drift, feeling, heart, life, emotional state, tone, purpose


  3. captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrappedadjective

    giving or marked by complete attention to

    "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"

    clothed, cloaked, captive, engrossed, mantled, absorbed, enwrapped, confined, wrapped, jailed, imprisoned, draped


Dictionary of English Synonymes1.0 / 1 vote

  1. intentadjective

    eager, earnest, close, closely fixed, resolutely bent

  2. intentnoun

    design, purpose, intention, aim, end, meaning, drift, purport, object, scope, mark, purview

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How to use intent in a sentence?

  1. A.E. Samaan:

    Your touch is soft, but your gaze is intent personified.

  2. Oregon Supreme Court:

    Today, in a mandamus proceeding initiated by relator Nicholas Kristof, The Oregon Supreme Court held' resident' in Article V, section 2, took its meaning from the legal concept of domicile, that is, the place where a person lives with the intent to remain indefinitely.

  3. Norihiro Fujito:

    The BOJ showed its intent on rising bond yields, which triggered the yen to weaken that was positive for the stock market.

  4. Justin Shur:

    Kevin Clinesmith deeply regrets having altered the email, it was never Kevin Clinesmith intent to mislead the court or Kevin Clinesmith colleagues as Kevin Clinesmith believed the information Kevin Clinesmith relayed was accurate. But Kevin Clinesmith understands what Kevin Clinesmith did was wrong and accepts responsibility.

  5. Pete Marovich/Getty Images:

    Everyone who crosses the Ukrainian border with the intent to invade will be killed! our [Ukraine’s] army is fighting in such a way that NATO should apply for entry into Ukraine.

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  • AbsichtGerman
  • αφοσιωμένος, σκοπός, πρόθεση, προσηλωμένος, επιδίωξη, έμμονοςGreek
  • intención, propósito, concentrado, intentoSpanish
  • نیتPersian
  • aikomus, vakaa, määrätietoinen, keskittynyt, tarkoitusFinnish
  • butéFrench
  • כוונהHebrew
  • ئامانجKurdish
  • consiliumLatin
  • intentieDutch
  • நோக்கம்Tamil
  • ý địnhVietnamese

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