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)

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Other Words from intend

intender noun

Synonyms for intend


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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That allowed him to keep more state proceeds intended for that purpose, according to the indictment., "What is indicted Pickens Co. sheriff doing on his mission trip to Brazil?," 27 June 2019 The technology, intended for tracking satellites and missiles, remained classified until 1991, when lobbying by Jasons helped convince the Air Force to open it up to astronomers. Ann Finkbeiner, Science | AAAS, "Jason—a secretive group of Cold War science advisers—is fighting to survive in the 21st century," 27 June 2019 The pair's long-running feud resulted in several deaths, including Noble's wife, who died in a 1949 car bombing intended for him. Dallas News, "Palatial estate with ties to Dallas' infamous gambling past goes on market for $3.7 million," 27 June 2019 The bill is intended to provide funding for adequate shelter and care for children in custody, hiring more immigration judges and funding military operations on the border. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "How Arizona's senators and Congress members voted on the $4.6 billion border funding bill," 27 June 2019 Kimmons’ shots appeared intended for Branch, but one bullet accidentally hit Hall, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Edmonds., "Man shot by friend in downtown Portland parking lot pleads guilty to being a felon with a gun," 26 June 2019 YouTube could make such content available on a separate platform intended for children, such as the existing stand-alone YouTube Kids, as long as no data would be collected for commercial purposes. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "YouTube Content for Children Should Be Barred, Advocacy Groups Tell FTC," 25 June 2019 Andrews says that in recent years inspectors have also been seizing more U.S. wildlife products intended for export. National Geographic, "In the Alaska-Yukon wilderness, wildlife crime fighters face a daunting task," 25 June 2019 The second part of the project, which will link the Hartford waterfront to Windsor and beyond, will be completed at a later date as the land intended for the expansion is still privately owned. Abigail Brone,, "Connecticut Riverwalk plans for extension to begin next year," 24 June 2019

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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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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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