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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 game is finished, for all intents and purposes. We just need to iron out a few issues before it's released. I am a doctor for all intents and purposes; I just happen to specialize in treating the feet.
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to all intents and purposes

For the most part. 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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intent on (doing 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.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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However, only half of men said they listen intently to gossip, while four in 10 admitted to listening closely to other people's conversations, the poll of 2,000 people found.
As our nation faces the task of voting and selecting leadership this November I hear God's voice telling us to pray intently for the proper leaders to be elected.
WE SEE A STIRRED-UP CROWD OF PEOPLE intently taking the dead Jesus from the cross and lowering him into his mother Mary's lap.
In the last 10 years, considering the lofty costs of Manhattan real estate, investors have focused more intently than ever on Hamilton and Washington Heights, according to M.
Salgado's lens provides a voice to the dispossessed and hard-pressed, as well as to the volunteers and medical professionals, in his stunning black-and-white photographs that make the viewer stare intently at the faces that capture the attention.
Rather than exploring various ways in which these instruments could be used, Streb focused intently on one type of action sequence for each.
Pianist Misha Dichter intently listens to a student's performance during the piano master class.
During the heating, I watched the members of Congress study the panelists' every move and gesture as they intently listened to each speaker.
He painted intently, disregarding all the topical trends (the Nabis, Pointillists, Fauvists, Cubists), and declared to his astonished contemporaries, "The subject is not important to me; what I want to reproduce is what exists between the subject and me.
The SEC reviews have been focusing on that quite intently, and some companies have been compelled to restate their segment data.
He stared at them intently, his eyes moving slowly from picture to picture, smiling a little and nodding once in a while.
Look very intently at the aim point, concentrate right there [Clark pointed to the cross hairs aimed at the bridge], and you can see how, if.
The instructor at center watches intently from behind as the softly focused person at left struggles to learn the process.
Where portrayals of women often denoted the quality of the passive feminine as to-be-looked-atness, the portraits of the donatrix drew viewers to observe her watchfulness -- in this case, to look at her looking intently at the holy figures she revered, and they guided the spectator to imitate her devotion.
Lastly, students can learn more if they listen more intently to faculty and each other and form hasty judgments less often, think about responses prior to others' statements being finished, and listen to entire messages rather than tending to partial ideas.