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verb in·tend \in-ˈtend\

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

Full Definition of intend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to direct the mind on

  3. 2 archaic :  to proceed on (a course)

  4. 3 a :  signify, mean b :  to refer to

  5. 4 a :  to have in mind as a purpose or goal :  plan b :  to design for a specified use or future

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 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




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