intend

verb
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

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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These spaces are intended for everyone, and pay the same attention to simple design, balanced nuance and act as a throughway between the interior and exterior world. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Atelier Ace's New New York City Hotel Wants to Help You Clear Your Head," 14 May 2019 Of course, the free hit of Big Little Lies is clearly intended to get viewers hooked ahead of Season 2, which premieres on June 9 on HBO. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "You Can Stream 'Big Little Lies' Free on YouTube This Weekend, Even If You Don't Have HBO," 12 May 2019 This one-two punch is intended to clean the skin more thoroughly, as the first cleanser dissolves makeup, sunscreen, and other heavy products, while the second cleanser gets rid of anything that’s left over. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "Is Double Cleansing Truly Worth Your Precious Time?," 1 May 2019 Blundstone boots were originally intended for laborers working in Tasmania’s harsh outback during Australia’s colonial days in the late-19th century. Ha Duong, WSJ, "These Are the Ideal, Affordable, All-Weather Men’s Boots," 18 Apr. 2019 The ongoing pause is intended to give Hallmark time to rework the upcoming episodes, but there's no word on whether the network plans to cut Abigail's character completely or simply find a replacement. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Star Erin Krakow Speaks Out Amid the Lori Loughlin Drama," 9 Apr. 2019 The documentary is intended to showcase the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who Jackson befriended as children, and who claim to have been molested by him. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Jackson's Defenders Remind Us to Also Believe Men," 13 Mar. 2019 It was intended for rooms and environments where customers might ordinarily not want a traditional TV set breaking up the vibe. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung’s stylish The Frame and Serif 4K TVs will soon come in more sizes with better picture quality," 19 Dec. 2018 The note was intended to avoid delays to ceremonies, as a courtesy to everyone attending. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Student says Oxford University turned her away from graduation because of 'provocative' ankles," 28 Sep. 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 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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