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Intent, 1) bent, direction, aim: “with swift i. he goes to quench the coal,” Lucr. 46. “that their business might be every thing and their i. every where,” Tw. II, 4, 80.
2) intention, purpose, design: Ven. 469. Lucr. 218. Sonn. 115, 7. Meas. V, 124. Meas. V, 124 Meas. V, 124 Meas. V, 124 LLL V, 2, 137. LLL V, 2, 137 LLL V, 2, 137 LLL V, 2, 137 LLL V, 2, 137 Mids. IV, 1, 138. Mids. IV, 1, 138 V, 79. V, 79 All's I, 1, 244. III, 4, 21. IV, 3, 32. IV, 4, 4. Tw. I, 2, 55. John II, 580. IV, 1, 96. R2 IV, 329. H4A V, 2, 89. H4B V, 2, 143. H6A V, 5, 20. H6B III, 1, 355. III, 2, 251. H6C I, 2, 39. II, 1, 117. R3 I, 1, 149. R3 I, 1, 149 III, 5, 69. Troil. I, 3, 306. V, 3, 8. Cor. II, 2, 160. V, 6, 13. Tit. IV, 2, 151. Rom. V, 3, 44. Rom. V, 3, 44 Rom. V, 3, 44 Mcb. I, 7, 26. Hml. I, 4, 42. Lr. I, 1, 39. 2, 88. 4, 2. II, 1, 66. IV, 7, 9. V, 3, 296. Ant. V, 1, 54. V, 2, 126. V, 2, 126 Per. IV, 6, 116. V, 1, 259. to that i. == for that purpose: Shr. I, 2, 199. Oth. I, 2, 56. “to have an i.” All's I, 3, 224. “to have no i.” Ado I, 1, 195. H4B III, 1, 72. had i. Per. II Prol. 24 (Q1 hid i.). Followed by towards: “in his i. towards our wives,” Wiv. II, 1, 181; cf. Tim. V, 1, 23.
3) wish: “humble my --s to your directions,” H4B V, 2, 120. “for your i. in going back to school,” Hml. I, 2, 112. “my stronger guilt defeats my strong i.” III, 3, 40. to have i., followed by shall, == to wish, to desire: “he hath i. his wonted followers shall all be very well provided for,” H4B V, 5, 104. “belike his majesty hath some i. that you shall be new-christened,” R3 I, 1, 49.
4) that which is meant or understood by word or letter; meaning, purport, thought: “the i. and purpose of the law hath full relation to the penalty,” Merch. IV, 1, 247. their (the letters') “cold i., tenour and substance,” H4B IV, 1, 9; cf. H6A V, 1, 3. “to-morrow shall you bear our full i. back to our brother England,” H5 II, 4, 114. “to set a gloss upon his bold i.” H6A IV, 1, 103. “you may be pleased to catch at mine i. by what did here befall me,” Ant. II, 2, 41.
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