From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishintentin‧tent1 /ɪnˈtent/ ●○○ adjective 1 → be intent on/upon (doing) something2 ATTENTIONgiving careful attention to something so that you think about nothing else his intent gazeintent on/upon Intent upon her work, she didn’t notice the cold. —intently adverb Jake listened intently.
Examples from the Corpusintent• The children were all intent and serious.• an intent gaze• The Hammonds, intent on fraud, certainly would not have explained the proposed sale transaction to Mrs. Steed.• He is intent only on saving his own skin.• He couldn't have observed her intent scrutiny which was fuelled by an unfamiliar feeling she found deeply shocking.• They were wide and very intent, the pupils dilated, and an expression of most extraordinary expectancy on her face.• Still onward pressed the columns, each seemingly intent to be ahead and enter first the rebel works.intent on/upon• The smooth tones had the silky menace of an inquisitor intent on a confession.• He was intent on educating me, this distant kin, and I was grateful.• Socialist politicians seemed intent on forging a new unity and modernising their hard-left policies.• The convictions certainly will provide more political fodder for Republicans intent on keeping the issue before voters.• However, it was obvious that she was intent on making a spectacle of herself.• She was still intent on presenting herself as a woman in her early forties.• Band members were intent on their instruments as they played.• The guerrillas are well disciplined, and intent on winning villagers over to their cause.intentintent2 ●○○ noun [uncountable] 1 formalINTEND what you intend to do SYN intention She behaved foolishly but with good intent.2 lawSCL the intention to do something illegalwith intent (to do something) Jones was found guilty of wounding with intent. He is charged with possession of a gun with intent to commit a robbery.3 → to all intents and purposes
Examples from the Corpusintent• Bock looked frightened, but Grigoriev's face was predatory and full of avid intent.• At times, without ill intent, we overburden ourselves.• It is not my intent to deny the value of university education.• It was not my intent or purpose to injure her.• His team certainly were, and as a reflection of new intent, they quickly got the turning-point goal.• It will culminate Wednesday, the first day that binding letters of intent may be signed.• At Guinness, these principles constitute our Strategic Intent. you have already seen the first part of that intent.• The intent of the change was to give local officials more power to make decisions.• He was convicted of abduction with intent to defile and could be sentenced to 20 years to life imprisonment.• He was convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to sell.• The gun was fired with intent.• Redmond denied attempted murder but admitted wounding with intent.with intent (to do something)• This subsection creates two offences: robbery and assault with intent to rob.• They have also pleaded not guilty to causing the explosion and possessing explosives with intent to endanger life.• Goth appeared before Teesside magistrates on Monday on a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent and was bailed.• Facts: pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply.• Middleton had denied breaking into the bank on 6 December last year while acting with others, with intent to steal.• He was acquitted of rape, attempted murder, administering poison with intent and kidnapping.• The appellant was convicted of wounding with intent.From Longman Business Dictionaryintentin‧tent1 /ɪnˈtent/ noun [uncountable]1an intentionintent to do somethingThe two software companies have signed a letter of intent to merge. → see also declaration of intent2LAW the intention to do something illegalintent to do somethingHe pleaded guilty to charges of possessing unauthorized computer access codes with intent to defraud.intentintent2 adjective be intent on doing something to be determined to do or achieve somethingThe company is intent on expanding its oil and gas production business.Origin intent1 (1600-1700) Latin intentus, a past participle of intendere; → INTEND intent2 (1200-1300) Old French entent, from Latin intentus, from a past participle of intendere; → INTEND