intend

verb
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

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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Though each holds its own when worn alone, Michele intended for them to be layered with one (or many!) of the line’s seven eaux de parfum so that each #GucciGang member can create his or her own unique olfactory fingerprint. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Meet the Striking New Gucci Perfumes Plucked From Alessandro Michele’s Madcap Mind," 8 Jan. 2019 Killing Eve also brought us fabulous European locations, somewhat less fabulous Russian locations, a plethora of clothes, accessories, and assassin gadgets (poison disguised in a hairpin!), and some killer dialogue—pun totally intended. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'Killing Eve' Season Two Finally Has a Release Date. Here's Everything We Know.," 5 Jan. 2019 By August, delays in the lunar module development meant that the mission would not have the very spacecraft it was intended to test. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 The 2017 iteration, by default, was intended to belong to the everywoman, thousands of whom responded to Milano in a deluge of tweets and status updates. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 The features are also not intended to be used by people under age 22 or by people who have had previous atrial fibrillations or other arrhythmias. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What Cardiologists Say About the Apple Watch’s New Heart Monitoring Features," 14 Sep. 2018 The Trump administration recently indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for cyberattacks on Democrats that were intended to help Trump’s campaign. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump stands with Putin after their no-witnesses summit meeting," 17 July 2018 Along with the upgrades made by Google, Android Pie on the S9 also brings Samsung’s One UI, a new user experience which is intended to make apps easier to use on larger phones, amongst other improvements. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung begins Android Pie rollout for Galaxy S9 in Europe," 24 Dec. 2018 As of July 1, 2019, companies will have to disclose their policies on whether employees and directors can engage in transactions that are intended to hedge against declines in their own companies’ stock. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Companies Must Disclose Executive Hedging Strategies," 18 Dec. 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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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 \
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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