Synonyms for intent

Synonyms for (noun) intent

Synonyms: design, purpose, aim, intent, intention

Definition: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

Usage: his intent was to provide a new translation; good intentions are not enough; it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs; he made no secret of his designs

Similar words: goal, end

Definition: the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

Usage: the ends justify the means


Synonyms: spirit, intent, purport

Definition: the intended meaning of a communication

Similar words: significance, signification, meaning, import

Definition: the message that is intended or expressed or signified

Usage: what is the meaning of this sentence; the significance of a red traffic light; the signification of Chinese characters; the import of his announcement was ambiguous

Synonyms for (adjective) intent

Synonyms: absorbed, intent, captive, wrapped, engrossed, enwrapped

Definition: giving or marked by complete attention to

Usage: that engrossed look or rapt delight; then wrapped in dreams; so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred- Walter de la Mare; rapt with wonder; wrapped in thought

Similar words: attentive

Definition: (often followed by `to') giving care or attention

Usage: attentive to details; the nurse was attentive to her patient; an attentive suitor