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
b : to refer to
3 : to direct the mind on
4 archaic : to proceed on (a course)

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intender noun

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Examples of intend in a Sentence

I didn't intend any disrespect. We intended that she come with us.
Recent Examples on the Web The text is intended to coax a consciousness through the foggy space between death and rebirth. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Phoebe Bridgers’s Frank, Anxious Music," 17 May 2020 The deal was intended to save $750 million, much of it through job cuts, and reshape the company for a time when streaming is on the rise and cable is fading. John Koblin, New York Times, "As Cable TV Fades, Fearing ‘the End of Comedy Central’," 17 May 2020 The project is intended to amend the damage done by deforestation and to counter flooding, rising temperatures, and drought – effects linked to climate change. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Portugal plans for a green future, and more," 15 May 2020 The changes are intended to address concerns of low-income taxpayers and the clinics and attorneys who advise them. Laura Davison,, "Virus Causes IRS to Pause Some Tax Enforcement Until July 15," 15 May 2020 The additional allowance is intended to help with costs related to living part of the year in Juneau. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Legislative daily allowances continued to be paid after Alaska lawmakers recessed over coronavirus concerns," 15 May 2020 The rules are intended to prevent children from being mistreated or falling into the hands of criminals. Time, "Trump Administration Ramps up Expulsions of Migrant Youth During Coronavirus," 14 May 2020 But the tests were never intended for home use by the general public and could only be administered in consultation with a medical professional, and Applied BioSciences hadn’t shipped any tests at the time of its press release, according to the SEC. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "SEC Charges Two Companies Over Statements About Coronavirus Testing Products," 14 May 2020 Antibody testing is intended to determine whether a person has previously been infected with the coronavirus, in which case antibodies would be present. Sarah Ravani,, "In hopes of treatment, Santa Clara County hospitals transfuse plasma from recovered coronavirus patients," 12 May 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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