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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

Brown was the intended target in the shooting, which was gang-related, according to a Friday statement from 49th Ward Ald. Alice Yin,, "Fatal shooting of 17-year-old boy in Rogers Park was ‘wake-up call’ for friend," 29 June 2019 According to Dominican authorities, the intended target was a friend of Ortiz who was with him the night of the shooting and sitting just feet away. CBS News, "Alleged mastermind in David Ortiz shooting arrested," 28 June 2019 Since then, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez has said Oritz was not the intended target of the attack but was mistaken for someone else. Jenna West,, "Officials: David Ortiz Shooting Mastermind Arrested," 28 June 2019 The country's chief prosecutor said Ortiz was not the intended target of the June 9 shooting that put his life in peril, but was merely the victim of a hit gone wrong. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Hard Rock Hotel in Dominican Republic to remove liquor dispensers after tourist deaths," 24 June 2019 Prosecutors said the retired first basemen was sharing a table with the intended target, Sixto David Fernández, when gunfire erupted and he was struck. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "David Ortiz improving, moved out of intensive care, his wife says," 23 June 2019 The news that Trump’s move would only focus on those with final deportation orders was little comfort, since she fears possibly being ensnared in a larger sweep — even if someone else was the intended target. Maya Lau,, "Anger and confusion after Trump orders — then delays — immigration crackdown," 22 June 2019 Investigators said Phoenix had no criminal record and was not the intended target of the shooting. Cameron Knight,, "Police want help finding killer of Children's Hospital worker," 21 June 2019 Dominican authorities say Fernandez, the intended target, is Gomez' cousin and that Gomez plotted the hit believing that Fernandez had finked on him to Dominican drug officials in 2011. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas man believed to have masterminded hit that injured Red Sox legend 'Big Papi'," 20 June 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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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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