in·​tend·​ed | \ in-ˈten-dəd \

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

Pinterest users are clearly catching onto that, because searches for homemade bread have risen (pun very much intended) over 400 percent since the new year. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "9 Healthy Foods Pinterest Can't Wait to Make in 2019," 16 Jan. 2019 Check to make sure all intended uses of the cottage have been cleared ahead of time. Christine Coppa, Country Living, "'Granny Pods' Allow Elderly Family Members to Live in a High-Tech Backyard Cottage," 13 Dec. 2018 The kick stage is a platform, complete with engines, that can help carry satellites to their final intended orbits. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018 The president’s message was obviously intended jolt the other 28 NATO members and put them on-notice that the White House will not back down from demands to pay more for the military alliance. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe the U.S. Money. He's Wrong," 11 July 2018 The bridge was intended to provide a walkway over the busy street where an 18-year-old female FIU student from San Diego was killed while trying to cross last August, according to local media reports. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place conducts drainage study," 7 July 2018 Superficially, such ratings also seem intended to build trust. The Economist, "User-rating systems are cut-rate substitutes for a skilful boss," 28 June 2018 But zip the top shut, and the intended message is loud and clear: Leave me alone. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Wear This Sweater and No One Will Bother You, Ever," 9 Jan. 2017 Either of these could potentially damage or alter genes that are not the intended targets of the editing, which would have unpredictable effects on health. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 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)

: 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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