in·​tend | \in-ˈtend \
intended; intending; intends

Definition of intend 

transitive verb

1a : to have in mind as a purpose or goal : plan

b : to design for a specified use or future

2a : signify, mean

b : to refer to

3 : to direct the mind on

4 archaic : to proceed on (a course)

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Other Words from intend

intender noun

Examples of intend in a Sentence

I didn't intend any disrespect. We intended that she come with us.

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Since the initial announcement in February 2014 that Beckham intended to put an MLS expansion team in Miami, the venture has been characterized by grand media events and the elusive stadium saga. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 Schroth said the next big amenity for the area will be work landscaper W.E. Mundy Landscaping, Inc. intends to do in Agnes Mundy Park, which runs from Broadway to the mall. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "With Water Street Mall work finished, Aurora looks to renovate Mundy Park," 12 July 2018 Nancy Keane, a spokeswoman for Safeway, said in a statement Thursday morning that the company intends to relocate employees from the store to other locations in the Valley. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Storm damage, roof collapse may have triggered Safeway fire, officials say," 12 July 2018 As Kupchak said repeatedly Friday, the Hornets felt Howard wouldn’t fit the more up-tempo, quick-decision offensive style new coach James Borrego intends to play. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "If Dwight Howard accepted a $5 million buyout, did Charlotte Hornets make right move?," 7 July 2018 However, that plan does not emphasize driverless vehicle lanes as Wolff and Conley intend with their plan. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 Already, three of its astronauts have begun to learn Chinese, and at least one or two of these are likely fly to a new station that China intends to build in the early 2020s. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "European rocket chief: Trump rhetoric strengthens our commitment to space," 2 July 2018 Thursday afternoon, a Pentagon spokesperson told the Post that the DOD intends to support HHS’s request. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Pentagon Is Making Room for 20,000 Immigrant Children on Military Bases," 21 June 2018 Existing nuclear plant technology is a dead end Existing nuclear plants are light-water reactors (LWRs), which were always intended to be the first generation of nuclear plants. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of intend

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for intend

Middle English entenden, intenden, from Anglo-French entendre, from Latin intendere to stretch out, direct, aim at, from in- + tendere to stretch — more at thin

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English Language Learners Definition of intend

: to plan or want to do (something) : to have (something) in your mind as a purpose or goal

: to plan for or want (someone or something) to do or be something

: to want (something that you control, provide, or have made) to be used for a particular purpose or by a particular person


in·​tend | \in-ˈtend \
intended; intending

Kids Definition of intend

: to have in mind as a purpose or goal : plan I intend to do better next time. I didn't intend to hurt you.

in·​tend | \in-ˈtend \

Legal Definition of intend 

: to have in one's mind as a purpose or goal did not intend to kill her

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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