KJV Dictionary Definition: intent


INTENT', a. L. intentus, from intendo. See Intend.

Literally, having the mind strained or bent on an object; hence, fixed closely; sedulously applied; eager in pursuit of an object; anxiously diligent; formerly with to, but now with on; as intent on business or pleasure; intent on the acquisition of science.

Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of the speaker--

INTENT', n. Literally, the stretching of the mind towards an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim; applied to persons or things.

The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the laws of duties supernatural.

I ask therefore, for what intent ye have sent for me? Acts 10.

To all intents, in all senses; whatever may be designed.

He was miserable to all intents and purposes.


INTEN'TION, n. L. intentio. See Intend.

1. Primarily, a stretching or bending of the mind towards an object; hence, uncommon exertion of the intellectual faculties; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.

Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness and of choice, fixes its view on any idea, considers it on every side, and will not be called off by the ordinary solicitation of other ideas.

2. Design; purpose; the fixed direction of the mind to a particular object, or a determination to act in a particular manner. It is my intention to proceed to Paris.

3. End or aim; the object to be accomplished.

In chronical distempers,the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts.

4. The state of being strained. See Intension.


INTEN'TIONAL, a. Intended; designed; done with design or purpose. The act was intentional, not accidental.


INTEN'TIONED, in composition; as well-intentioned, having good designs, honest in purpose; ill-intentioned, having ill designs.


INTENT'IVE, a. Attentive; having the mind close applied.

This word is nearly superseded by attentive.


INTENT'IVELY, adv. Closely; with close application.


INTENT'IVENESS, n. Closeness of attention or application of mind.


INTENT'LY, adv. With close attention or application; with eagerness or earnestness; as the mind intently directed to an object; the eyes intently fixed; the man is intently employed in the study of geology.


INTENT'NESS, n. The state of being intent; close application; constant employment of the mind.