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


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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Things could go two ways: Powell could discuss the economic data that has been undercutting expectations and repeat that the central bank intends to support the economy, thereby hinting at a rate cut. Matt Egan, Anneken Tappe And Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Why it's too early to hunker down for a recession," 16 June 2019 Trump had earlier intended to nominate two political allies — Herman Cain and Stephen Moore — but both later withdrew in the face of sharp opposition from critics. Hope Yen And Calvin Woodward,, "Fact check: Trump's statements on Iran, trade and the wall range from a little off to flatly false," 15 June 2019 The report indicates that Guerreiro is not intending to renew his current deal with the Bundesliga outfit, which could open the door for Barça to sweep in with a relatively low offer., "Raphael Guerreiro Attracting Barcelona Interest as Search for Jordi Alba Understudy Continues," 15 June 2019 Rather than simply being incompetent, some officials said the operation to remove the mine could have been intended to be seen by the United States and its allies. Mark Landler, New York Times, "U.S. Puts Iran on Notice and Weighs Response to Attack on Oil Tankers," 14 June 2019 In 1960 Britain, France, Germany and the Benelux countries set up Eurocontrol, intending to merge their airspaces. The Economist, "Air-traffic control is a mess," 14 June 2019 The suggestion that Bach may have intended his music to be performed with one singer per part caused a stir when Joshua Rifkin suggested it in 1981 (in Boston, no less), but some scholars have adopted that position since. Globe Staff,, "Bushels of Bach at Boston Early Music Festival," 12 June 2019 But the plans drew condemnation from activists who say the city had no right to sell the land, intended to become a park or public space. Joshua Fechter,, "Hays Street Bridge land swap headed to City Council," 12 June 2019 Alicia Jessop, a 34-year-old Pepperdine University professor, intended to chronicle her first bite of the pricey sandwich from Fox’s Lobster House in York with the perfect photo. Fox News, "Seagull steals lobster roll out of Maine tourist’s hand in epic photo," 11 June 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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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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to take the place or position of

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