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intent (the sense ‘purpose, design’, and its wider development ‘will, inclination, desire,’ are the commonest uses)
1. aim, bent Tw.N. II. iv. 78, Lucr. 46.
2. meaning, import, purport Mer.V. IV. i. 247 “the and purpose of the law,” 2H4 IV. i. 9, 1H6 IV. i. 103, Ant. II. ii. 45 “to catch at mine intent.”
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