bent on


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bent on something

determined to do something He was bent on quitting that job even though he was making a lot of money.
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bent on

Also, bent upon. Determined, resolved, as in Jamie is bent on winning the math prize. This phrase, first recorded in 1762, always uses the past participle of the verb bend in the sense of "tend toward."
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