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

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 That was set up for the intended purpose of an executive branch that got into overdrive. NBC News, 5 Dec. 2021 Justice Department lawyers representing the Treasury Department argued the money should be used for its intended purpose — pandemic recovery. Kim Chandler, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2021 Justice Department lawyers representing the Treasury Department argued the money should be used for its intended purpose — pandemic recovery. Kim Chandler, ajc, 16 Nov. 2021 For one thing, data privacy is about minimizing the data needed for an intended purpose; AI thrives on mining as much of it as possible. Ursula Morgenstern, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 First and foremost, aid should be used for its intended purpose of getting the city and our residents through the pandemic. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Kahle, the more vocal of the two partners, said the facility fulfills his intended purpose after intensive planning. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2021 Police are still investigating who fired the bullet and if the officer was the intended target, according to FOX 5 New York. Fox News, 3 Jan. 2022 Lexus was the intended target of the Dec. 21, 2020, shooting, which stemmed from an argument between several men in the parking lot of Saks Fifth Avenue. Chelsea Prince, ajc, 21 Dec. 2021

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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 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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