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
2a : signify, mean
b : to refer to
3 : to direct the mind on
4 archaic : to proceed on (a course)

Other Words from intend

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 During the 2018 legislative session, lawmakers passed a similar bill, SB 1437 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, that limited who could be prosecuted for murder to those who commit or intend to commit a killing. Anabel Sosa, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Employees at Commonwealth Avenue intend to picket until the company meets their demands to terminate their store manager, Tomi Chorlian, and hold monthly labor reviews to prevent understaffing. Globe Staff,, 25 July 2022 And, but, but Justin bib does not intend to use that money for that purpose. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 20 July 2022 The administration hasn’t answered questions from Assembly leaders about whether officials intend to use that proposal to extend stays for Centennial campers, or how long Bronson officials expect to allow unsheltered people to remain there. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 Defendants charged by way of information, rather than by grand jury indictment, typically intend to plead guilty. Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune, 12 July 2022 Development of General Motors and Lockheed Martin’s Lunar Mobility Vehicle (LMV) is underway, and the two companies intend to deliver the first of these vehicles by the middle of the decade. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, 21 June 2022 Officials also intend to demolish and relocate some office space in prime areas of the building to make room for even more performance space. New York Times, 19 June 2022 Gamarra said about 80% of the students who walk into her office only intend to learn English and move on, believing that school is not for them. Cristian Martinez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 May 2022 See More

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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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“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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.


transitive verb
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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