Simple Definition of intend
: 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
Examples of intend in a sentence
I didn't intend any disrespect.
We intended that she come with us.
Origin and Etymology 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
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Legal Definition of intend
: to have in one's mind as a purpose or goal <did not intend to kill her>
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