in·​tend·​ed | \ in-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce intended (audio) \

Definition of intended

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : expected to be such in the future an intended career his intended bride



Definition of intended (Entry 2 of 2)

: the person to whom another is engaged

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Other Words from intended


intendedly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for intended

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of intended in a Sentence

Adjective The book failed to reach its intended audience. you may feign innocence, but I know that that last remark was an intended dig Noun after a bit of bickering, she and her intended have finally picked out a wedding site
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Andrew Kolodny, co-director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at Brandeis University, said evidence shown during trial revealed how the company actively sought doctors to prescribe the drug beyond its intended scope. Rob Frehse, CNN, "Manufacturer of synthetic opioid agrees to pay $225 million to settle investigations," 6 June 2019 Police say Lee was the bystander in the shooting and not an intended target. Segann March,, "Police identify pregnant woman killed in Walnut Hills shooting," 3 Feb. 2020 Giffords, who was 40 at the time of the shooting, was the intended target of the shooting, which was perpetrated by Jared Lee Loughner. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "On this day: Gabby Giffords among nearly 20 shot in Arizona supermarket parking lot," 8 Jan. 2020 This authority is extremely broad, especially when the actions must, by their nature, be kept secret from the intended target. Alan M. Dershowtiz, WSJ, "Easy Call: The Strike on Soleimani Was Lawful," 5 Jan. 2020 Robby Fabbri dropped a pass that way overshot the intended target, Filip Hronek, and turned the puck over a second time while still on the man advantage. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings keep it close in 2-1 loss to Lightning thanks to Jonathan Bernier in net," 30 Dec. 2019 These gestures seem intended to please Israel-loving evangelicals in America, and to boost Mr Netanyahu, a right-wing populist akin to Mr Trump. The Economist, "Unsettling America’s decision to recognise Israeli settlements makes peace less likely," 21 Nov. 2019 Attempts to push past him wind up taking the ball-handler well off their intended path. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 McCain is particularly concerned about a parade of anonymous leaks that seem intended to hurt her, the friend said. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Meghan McCain, 'miserable' at ABC, mulls leaving 'The View'," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of intended


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1767, in the meaning defined above

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“Intended.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intended

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in your mind as a purpose or goal



English Language Learners Definition of intended (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned : a person to whom someone is engaged to be married



Legal Definition of intended

: specifically planned or contemplated an intended injury intended uses the intended beneficiary

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