intend

verb
in·​tend | \ in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio) \
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

Synonyms for intend

Synonyms

aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose

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Examples of intend in a Sentence

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

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Records show that Olivia Jade Beauty was initially intended to encompass beauty tools but eventually expanded to include a wider array of makeup and skin-care products. Marci Robin, Allure, "Olivia Jade’s Beauty Brand Trademark Application May Be Rejected Over Grammatical Errors," 28 Mar. 2019 In a recent interview with James Corden, Greenfield revealed that Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) also co-starred in the pilot, which was originally intended for Comedy Central. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Once Filmed a Pilot for a Show About Partying in L.A.—and It Was Just Picked Up," 26 Mar. 2019 Senior Trump administration officials said the move was intended to maintain economic pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal and programs. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. Tightens North Korea Sanctions After Failed Trump-Kim Summit," 21 Mar. 2019 In the app, Alexa concluded that the audio was not intended for the assistant, and the speaker did not return a response. Natt Garun, The Verge, "How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded," 28 Feb. 2019 Google said in a statement that the microphone wasn’t intended to be a secret and should have been disclosed. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Google’s Nest hub has a microphone it forgot to mention," 20 Feb. 2019 Lindsay first portrayed Sommers in the series The Six Million Dollar Man, and the skydiving injury was originally intended to lead to her character’s death. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Who Is Lindsay Wagner? Meet The Star of Hallmark's 'Mingle All The Way'," 1 Dec. 2018 Here's an example: In Indiana, a 2006 study found that DST created a 1 percent rise in energy use, the opposite of what it's intended to do. Dan Nosowitz, Popular Mechanics, "Daylight Savings Time Is Actually a Good Thing," 4 Mar. 2019 His crew’s circumstances have improved, but a barrage of wonky patches continue to make Atlas a far more harrowing experience than the developers (hopefully) intend. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, "PCWorld is streaming Atlas on Twitch and YouTube!," 18 Jan. 2019

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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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The first known use of intend was in the 14th century

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intend

verb

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

intend

verb
in·​tend | \ in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio) \
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 How to pronounce intend (audio) \

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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