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)

Other Words from intend

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 White-collar defense lawyer Amanda Kramer told NPR that Holmes’ case is a deterrent for business owners who may intend to commit fraud. Mahnoor Khan, Fortune, 4 May 2022 Some go even further and intend to reduce the carbon footprint of their suppliers and customers, known as Scope 3 emissions. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Survey after survey tell the same story: consumers intend to reduce spending, not only among the lower income groups, but also among the middle and higher earning households (see charts). Robert Barone, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 People arriving to their destination by air and who intend to rent a car upon landing might also save more money by booking from a nearby, off-site car rental location (as opposed to the rental car outpost located at the airport). cleveland, 24 Apr. 2022 Intensive shelling was also heard overnight in Kharkiv, a northeastern city that lies outside the Donbas but is seen as one of the gateways the Russians intend to use to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Donbas from the north, the south and the east. David Keyton And Yesica Fisch, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Defendants who are charged by information rather than grand jury indictment typically intend to plead guilty. Joe Mahr,, 18 Apr. 2022 The scientists intend to soon transition to trapping the suckers from shore, a less effective but still viable option going forward. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 Prosecutors also intend to call a Capitol police inspector and a U.S. Secret Service inspector. Michael Kunzelman, ajc, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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.


transitive verb
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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