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  Dictionary Definition of intent

intent [1]
noun
1. an intending or purposing, as to commit some act: criminal intent.
2. that which is intended; purpose; aim; design; intention: my intent was to buy.
3. Law the state of someone's mind which directs their actions towards a specific object.
4. the end or object intended.
-- phrase
5. to all intents and purposes, a. for all practical purposes; practically. b. for all the ends and purposes in view.
[partly ME intent, var. of entent, from OF: intention, from L intentus a stretching out; partly ME intente, var. of entente, from OF: purpose, from L intendere stretch out]