intend

verb in·tend \ in-ˈtend \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of intend

transitive verb
1 : to direct the mind on
2 archaic : to proceed on (a course)
3 a : signify, mean
b : to refer to
4 a : to have in mind as a purpose or goal : plan
b : to design for a specified use or future
intransitive verb
archaic : set out, start

intender

noun

Examples of intend in a Sentence

  1. I didn't intend any disrespect.

  2. We intended that she come with us.

Recent Examples of intend from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of 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

intend Synonyms

Synonyms
aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, design, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose, figure on
Related Words
dream, hope, wish; consider, debate, mull (over), ponder; attempt, endeavor, strive, struggle, try; plot, scheme; accomplish, achieve, effect, execute, perform


INTEND Defined for English Language Learners

intend

verb

Definition of intend for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

intend

verb in·tend \ in-ˈtend \

Definition of intend for Students

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

Law Dictionary

intend

transitive verb 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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