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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: intentus, a past participle of intendere; INTEND


1 adjective

be intent on/upon (doing) something

to be determined to do something or achieve something:
She was intent on pursuing a career in business.
2 giving careful attention to something so that you think about nothing else:
his intent gaze
intent on/upon
Intent upon her work, she didn't notice the cold.
intently adverb:
Jake listened intently.

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