in·​tend | \ in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio) \
intended; intending; intends

Definition of intend

transitive verb

1a : to have in mind as a purpose or goal : plan
b : to design for a specified use or future
b : to refer to
3 : to direct the mind on
4 archaic : to proceed on (a course)

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intender noun

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Examples of intend in a Sentence

I didn't intend any disrespect. We intended that she come with us.
Recent Examples on the Web Biologists are not sure whether, or how long, the falcons intend to stay. Steve Rubenstein,, "Peregrine falcons swoop into Alcatraz, and here come the chicks," 31 July 2020 But all intend to go back to school in person at some point in the coming months. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's major universities will open for the fall semester. Here's how and when they plan to do it," 31 July 2020 And if companies do not adapt or respond to their employees' health care needs, many of them intend to act—or even walk. Rachel King, Fortune, "Who will business travelers hold accountable for their safety after the pandemic?," 29 July 2020 Despite bars being ideal places to spread the virus, DeWine doesn’t intend to do that at his Thursday briefing, his spokesman said. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine will not announce today he is closing Ohio bars. Why not? This Week in the CLE," 2 July 2020 Tournament planners don’t intend to cancel the 2020 event and will comply with all COVID-19 safety guidelines, said Moore. USA TODAY, "Unwanted masks, homeless count, pork processor cleared: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2020 Daniel McDonald, a spokesman for the predominantly Republican Senate majority, said senators do intend to reconvene later in the year on other matters, but there haven’t been new developments on AK CARES. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Businesses, legislators say Alaska’s new grant program excludes many," 17 June 2020 The Legislature does not intend to recess or transition to remote voting, but alternative arrangements will be made for lawmakers who feel at risk. USA TODAY, "Bull riding, Whac-a-Mole, prisoner release: News from around our 50 states," 14 July 2020 But the federal agencies now intend to move back to the old rule. oregonlive, "Oregon, Oregon State go to court to block federal ruling that could bar foreign students," 13 July 2020

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First Known Use of intend

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of intend was in the 14th century

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5 Aug 2020

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“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


in·​tend | \ in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio) \
intended; intending

Kids Definition of intend

: to have in mind as a purpose or goal : plan I intend to do better next time. I didn't intend to hurt you.
in·​tend | \ in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio) \

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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