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

conscious, deliberate, intentional, knowing, purposeful, purposive, set, voluntary, willed, willful (or wilful), witting

Synonyms: Noun

betrothed, fiancé, fiancée

Antonyms: Adjective

nondeliberate, nonpurposive, unintentional

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Examples of intended in a Sentence


The book failed to reach its intended audience. you may feign innocence, but I know that that last remark was an intended dig


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

Police believe the 27-year-old victim was the intended target. Deanese Williams-harris,, "At least four women wounded in overnight shootings on West, South sides," 5 June 2019 The intended change is scheduled to occur within the duration of our current contract. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Social Security, HUD act on Trump’s orders in move to emasculate unions," 15 June 2018 The intended purpose of these provisions is clearly to make Canada pay more money to U.S. drug companies. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Learning the wrong lessons from Trump’s rebranded NAFTA," 2 Oct. 2018 In the past, the government penalized some school districts for straying far afield from intended purposes. Washington Post, "How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools," 9 Mar. 2018 As happened more and more often these days, his narration had wandered away from its intended path. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 Officials also stress that there is no evidence — in 2016 or 2018 — that the rigging of actual ballot numbers has been the intended goal of meddling efforts. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Whether a protest will have an impact is dependent on many factors, including understanding the intended goal of the action. Amnesty International Usa, Teen Vogue, "How to Legally Protest as a Public School Student," 12 Oct. 2018 Experts, world leaders and the IMF worry, however, that the Belt/Road looks a lot like political tutelage with the intended goal of generating economic dependency — these projects often involve significant debts owed to China. Karen J. Alter, Washington Post, "Trump’s tariffs aren’t the biggest trade problem. Will China step up to protect the WTO?," 18 June 2018

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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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The first known use of intended was in the 15th century

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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