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intend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of intend

  1. 1 to have in mind as a purpose or goal <an aspiring entrepreneur who intends to revolutionize the biotech industry> Synonyms aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose Related Words dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform Phrases figure on

  2. 2 to communicate or convey (as an idea) to the mind <lawyers for both sides argued for days about what was intended by a particular phrase in the law> Synonyms denote, express, import, mean, signify, spellRelated Words connote, imply, suggest; add up (to), amount (to); hint, infer, insinuate, intimate; embody, epitomize, personify, represent, symbol, symbolize; advert, allude (to), cite, instance, mention, refer (to), specify, touch (on or upon); designate, indicate, point (to), signal; announce, declare, proclaim; elucidate, explain




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