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in·​tend·​ed in-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce intended (audio)
: expected to be such in the future
an intended career
his intended bride
intendedly adverb


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: the person to whom another is engaged

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Local educators also explained that the measurements in the report card are closely aligned with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which were created to determine progress to intended outcomes articulated in the Five-Year Strategic Plan. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2023 But critics have said the program stretched beyond its intended purpose, and people who didn’t really need the money took advantage of it. Shannon Sollitt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 By suggesting the United States was testing or using secret weapons against its own citizens, China’s effort also seemed intended to depict the country as a reckless, militaristic power. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Hylan says that most shovels match the blade material to the material and shape of the handle depending on its intended purpose. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 But the game also puts some limits in place to prevent you from just flying everywhere instead of doing puzzles the intended way. Eric Ravenscraft, WIRED, 3 Sep. 2023 This appeared intended to provide Ukraine with dedicated terminals and services to conduct sensitive functions without fear of interruption. Adam Satariano, New York Times, 28 July 2023 In 1982, as many as 150,000 dimes bearing the face of Franklin Roosevelt were released by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia without the intended mint mark – a small P that should have appeared to the right of the date. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2023 Finally, Macchio drops the intended expletive to rousing cheers from the players. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1767, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Intended.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: expected to be such in the future
your intended career
: intentional
an intended insult


2 of 2 noun
: the person to whom another is engaged to be married

Legal Definition


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

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