Something that is intended; an aim or purpose. See Synonyms at intention. Law The state of one's mind at the time one carries out an action. Meaning; purport. Firmly fixed; concentrated: an intent gaze. Having the attention applied; engrossed: The students, intent upon their books, did not hear me enter the room. Having the mind and will focused on a specific purpose: was intent on leaving within the hour; are intent upon being recognized. for In every practical sense; practically: To all intents and purposes the case is closed.