intend

verb
in·​tend | \in-ˈtend \
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

2a : signify, mean

b : to refer to

3 : to direct the mind on

4 archaic : to proceed on (a course)

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Other Words from intend

intender noun

Synonyms for intend

Synonyms

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

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Examples of intend in a Sentence

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

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The financial filing states that To the Stars intends to remain in business over the next 12 months by selling additional stock. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "All the dumb things? UFO project has $37 million deficit [Updated]," 15 Oct. 2018 But thanks to the firestorm around Kavanaugh, no other nominee could demonstrate so plainly to the American public that consolidating power is precisely what McConnell, and his fellow G.O.P. senators, and their wealthy backers, intend to do. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Cool offices around the world have incorporated nap zones and meditation rooms, but Midori.so’s beds are also intended for commuters who work late. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Intel later said the demo was always intended to be billed as an overclocking demo, but in the frenzy (a five-minute part of a nearly hourlong presentation), the company neglected this detail. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "AMD's 32-core Threadripper dares Intel to match it on cores and price," 6 Aug. 2018 The work, by Bartow Paving Co. Inc., is intended to enhance safety and improve traffic flow at the intersection, officials said. David Ibata, ajc, "GDOT spending $133K to extend Woodstock turn lane," 12 July 2018 Supporters say the connection is intended to alleviate traffic congestion in the vicinity of Hanson Lane. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Garden advocate wants Ramona Street completion off priority list," 11 July 2018 The suite of features is collectively named Dyno Carry and is intended to make the packs fit better and adjust more easily as your load changes and your muscles fatigue. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Impressions: The North Face’s 2019 Gear," 11 July 2018 Definers was hired as part of a lobbying effort intended to counter mounting criticisms of Facebook over the past year. Nick Statt, The Verge, "No one at Facebook seems to know who hired a DC opposition research firm," 15 Nov. 2018

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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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intend

verb

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

intend

verb
in·​tend | \in-ˈtend \
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 \

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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