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1. Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention.
2. Law The state of mind necessary for an act to constitute a crime.
1. Firmly fixed; concentrated: an intent gaze.
2. Having the attention applied; engrossed: The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room.
3. Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose: was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized.
for/to all intents and purposes
In every practical sense; practically: To all intents and purposes the case is closed.

[Middle English entent, from Old French, from Medieval Latin intentus, from Latin, an extending, from intentus, attentive to, strained, from past participle of intendere, to direct attention; see intend.]

in·tent′ly adv.
in·tent′ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intentness - the quality of being intent and concentrated; "the intentness of his gaze"
assiduity, assiduousness, concentration - great and constant diligence and attention
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[ɪnˈtentnɪs] N (= concentration) → atención f; [of gaze] → intensidad f
intentness of purposeresolución f
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The place was filled with creeping, crawling things; cold, sinuous bodies passed over me when I lay down, and in the darkness I occasionally caught glimpses of gleaming, fiery eyes, fixed in horrible intentness upon me.
As a protection, she adopted a demeanor of intentness as if going somewhere.
Seeing Lady Arabella gliding up the stairs towards his master's room, he took it for granted that she was there for no good, and doubled his watching intentness and caution.
He surveyed the carved front and low-browed lattices, the straggling gooseberry-bushes and crooked firs, with solemn intentness, and then shook his head: his private feelings entirely disapproved of the exterior of his new abode.
There was a blare of heated rage mingled with a certain expression of intentness on all faces.
I could imagine her sedately busy among her pots and pans, making a ritual of her household duties, so that they acquired a moral significance; I did not suppose that she was clever or could ever be amusing, but there was something in her grave intentness which excited my interest.
She was leaning back in the farthest corner of her chair, her head resting slightly upon her fingers, her eyes studying with a curious intentness the outline of Wingrave's pale, hard face.
He watched them with the intentness of a panther about to spring upon its prey.
Prince Bagration and Tushin looked with equal intentness at Bolkonski, who spoke with suppressed agitation.
He had drawn a little on one side and he was watching the young soldier with a curious intentness. She turned back to her nephew and touched him on the arm.
He stopped and regarded her, all of an intentness and eagerness, physically expressed, that slowly faded out of him as she turned her head and gazed back at the camp.