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

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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 Zimic doesn’t intend to ask for vaccine cards, though, under the assumption diners won’t be carrying them around. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2021 Teammates on the Catonsville Chaos travel softball team and competitors for rival Anne Arundel County schools, Danielle Stewart and Maria Weddle did not intend to commit to the same college program. Edward Lee,, 10 June 2021 The Twins certainly didn’t intend to go this route, built to win their third consecutive AL Central title. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 But Báez doesn’t intend a history lesson so much as a point of communion., 21 May 2021 Blake doesn’t intend to rush the kids to the NHL next season. Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 Texas Democrats are already wary about what the state’s Republicans intend to do. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 13 May 2021 Seats don’t have some of the bells and whistles legacy carriers might include, such as in-flight entertainment screens or power ports, but the airline does intend to offer Wi-Fi onboard, and snacks and beverages for purchase. Eric Rosen, Forbes, 6 May 2021 For global investors, the key question is whether regulators will be content to make an example of Ant and Ma, or intend to go after other tech giants as well. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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