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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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 In an online briefing, Chief Financial Officer Jean-Jacques Guiony said LMVH does not intend to make any further acquisitions until the U.S. jeweller becomes fully integrated. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, "Champagne and handbags: a revival in luxury sales in Asia, U.S. drive revenue at LVMH," 14 Apr. 2021 The legislature did not intend for digital animation companies to be eligible for film production tax credits, auditors said. Stephen Singer,, "Auditors rap Connecticut economic development agency for giving millions of dollars more than companies were due," 31 Mar. 2021 In a statement on Friday, David Smith, an attorney for the company, said Cargill does not intend to withdraw that appeal. Michael Williams, San Francisco Chronicle, "EPA abandons plan to appeal ruling protecting Redwood City salt ponds from development," 26 Feb. 2021 In a statement, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said his assistant prosecutor did not intend to mock or demean the defendant. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Appeals court judge: Hamilton County prosecutors again used 'highly improper' language at trial," 19 Feb. 2021 Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said Wednesday that his office does not intend to re-present the case of Marquise Jones to a new grand jury, nearly seven years after Jones was shot and killed by an off-duty San Antonio police officer., "Express Briefing: Where S.A. could see lower speed limits," 14 Jan. 2021 Governor Charlie Baker could take home at least $9,000 more on top of his $250,000 pay package, though his office said the Republican doesn’t intend to take the extra pay. Matt Stout,, "Mass. legislative leaders to get three pay raises starting Friday," 31 Dec. 2020 David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Warner probably did not intend to kill anyone. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Nashville police bodycam footage shows raw moments of chaos before and after explosion," 29 Dec. 2020 An inside source, however, said that the royals did not intend to visit the attraction as a group of nine, adding that any contact between the households was accidental. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Have Been Accused of Breaking Lockdown Rules," 22 Dec. 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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2 May 2021

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“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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