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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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

Dominican police have said Ortiz was not the intended target. CBS News, "Red Sox legend David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway," 9 Sep. 2019 None of the victims were the intended targets or gang members. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: All aboard the Wine (controversy) Train," 5 Sep. 2019 Authorities believe Barrios, who was not a gang member, was not the intended target of the shooting. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "‘I Lost My Baby’: Teen Who Wanted Career in Law Enforcement Is Fatally Shot, as Killer Is at Large," 4 Sep. 2019 But the pass rush Friday prevented the running back’s throw from reaching the intended target. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Football: Takeaways from De La Salle’s loss to St. Thomas Aquinas," 24 Aug. 2019 Most of these are really intended to help Democratic candidates., "Should Election Day be a national holiday?," 26 July 2019 This means many valuable hours of potential water-drinking time go down the drain (pun very much intended). Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Authorities in the Dominican Republic say Ortiz was not the intended target of the shooting. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "David Ortiz has been released from the hospital after being shot in the Dominican Republic," 27 July 2019 The story had an intended purpose, reminding voters here of his closeness to the former president, whose surprise caucus victory here in 2008 supercharged his campaign. Caitlin Huey-burns, Adam Brewster, CBS News, "As 2020 Democrats fight for attention, Biden keeps his focus on Trump," 11 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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