verb \in-ˈtend\

: to plan or want to do (something) : to have (something) in your mind as a purpose or goal

: to plan for or want (someone or something) to do or be something

: to want (something that you control, provide, or have made) to be used for a particular purpose or by a particular person

Full Definition of INTEND

transitive verb
:  to direct the mind on
archaic :  to proceed on (a course)
a :  signify, mean
b :  to refer to
a :  to have in mind as a purpose or goal :  plan
b :  to design for a specified use or future
intransitive verb
archaic :  set out, start
in·tend·er noun

Examples of INTEND

  1. I didn't intend any disrespect.
  2. We intended that she come with us.

Origin of INTEND

Middle English entenden, intenden, from Anglo-French entendre, from Latin intendere to stretch out, direct, aim at, from in- + tendere to stretch — more at thin
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to INTEND

aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose, figure on


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