intent - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ɪnˈtent/
  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] formal the intention to do something
    someone’s intent to do something:

    The government has declared its intent to put the railways into private ownership.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] legal the intention to commit a crime or an offence
    with intent (to do something):

    He’s been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.