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avowed intent

A solemn public promise or pledge toward some goal or achievement. The presidential nominee gave her avowed intent to reform the public school system should she be elected.
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for all intents and purposes

In every practical or functional sense; almost completely. The phrase is often misstated as "for all intensive purposes." The app is finished, for all intents and purposes. We just need to iron out a few issues before it's released. For all intents and purposes, he's the leader of the organization. He just doesn't have the title.
See also: all, and, for, intent, purpose

intent on (doing something)

Determined to do something; set on doing something. I can't believe the invitations still aren't ready. It's like the printer is intent on ruining our wedding! She's intent on finishing her thesis this semester, but I just don't see how that's going to happen, with all the work she still needs to do.
See also: intent, on

loiter with intent

Primarily heard in UK.
1. obsolete In law, to stand or wait idly in a location with the intent to commit an offence. The police officers arrested the two men, accusing them of loitering with intent to rob tourists coming out of the nearby pubs.
2. By extension, to stand idly in one spot while waiting for something to occur. We just had to stand there at the kerbside loitering with intent while we waited for him to pick us up.
See also: intent, loiter

to all intents and purposes

In every practical or functional sense; almost completely. To all intents and purposes, the gym is ready for tonight's dance. There's only a few small things we still need to do.
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for all intents and purposes

Cliché seeming as if; looking as if. Tom stood there, looking, for all intents and purposes, as if he could strangle Sally, but, being the gentleman that he is, he just glowered. Mary: Is the car washed now? John: For all intents and purposes, yes, but I didn't dry it yet.
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intent on doing something

determined to do something. The children were intent on making a snowman. The prisoner was intent on escaping.
See also: intent, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

to all intents and purposes

Also, for all intents and purposes; for all practical purposes. In every practical sense, virtually. For example, For all intents and purposes the case is closed, or For all practical purposes the Vice-President is the chief executive while the President is in the hospital . The first phrase, dating from the 1500s, originated in English law, where it was to all intents, constructions, and purposes. A shorter synonym is in effect, def. 1.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

to all intents and purposes

COMMON You say to all intents and purposes to suggest that a situation is not exactly as you describe it but the effect is the same as if it were. To all intents and purposes he was my father. Note: People sometimes just say to all intents with the same meaning. For the first time in many years he was, to all intents, a free man.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

to all intents and purposes

in all important respects.
1992 London Review of Books For if in 1976 pianists really were about to lose the skill of polyphonic piano-playing, then to all intents and purposes the skill of playing the piano was at an end.
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loiter with intent

stand or wait around with the intention of committing an offence. British
This is a legal phrase which derives from an 1891 Act of Parliament; it is also used figuratively and humorously of anyone who is waiting around for some unspecified purpose.
See also: intent, loiter
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to all intents and ˈpurposes

(British English) (American English for all intents and ˈpurposes) in almost every important way: The fighting has stopped, so to all intents and purposes, the war is over.
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all intents and purposes, for (to)

In practical terms; virtually. Since intent and purpose mean the same thing, the term is a tautology. According to Eric Partridge, it has been a cliché since the mid-nineteenth century. It originated in English law in the 1500s, when it was even more long-windedly phrased, to all intents, constructions and purposes.
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The bill sponsor files a notice with the secretary of the Senate to get the bill on the intent calendar.
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Kevin Lavon Andrews 6 Clearwater, FL- Offense: Carrying or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; Middle District of FloridaSentence: 300 months' imprisonment; 120 months' supervised release (February 11, 2009); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to a term of 156 months' imprisonment, conditioned upon enrollment in residential drug treatment
6 Shreveport, LA- Offense: Possession with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking; Western District of LouisianaSentence: 180 months' imprisonment; eight years' supervised release (March 6, 2008); Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on May 19, 2017.
17) Letter of Intent of Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd.
26) Letter of Intent of Tokyo Gas to create an inter-island liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution network to serve new markets for natural gas in the Philippines.
17) Letter of Intent: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
22) Letter of Intent: Japan Marine United Corporation and Marubeni Corporation
Mission command is not accomplished through email; it requires face-to-face interaction through battle rhythm events and regular assessments to ensure intent is understood and met.
I encourage commanders to use their command sergeants major and senior enlisted advisers as scouts to commander's intent. They should be the first to get the commander's intent so they can help to spread it throughout the organization.
He admitted stabbing his uncle John Pickering, wounding him with intent to cause serious harm - a charge which his four co-accused deny.
'Governorship's intent is N500, 000, while nomination is N2, 500,000.