in·​tend in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio)
intended; intending; intends

transitive verb

: to have in mind as a purpose or goal : plan
: to design for a specified use or future
: to refer to
: to direct the mind on
archaic : to proceed on (a course)
intender noun

Examples of intend in a Sentence

I didn't intend any disrespect. We intended that she come with us.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of intend was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Intend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​tend in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio)
: to have in mind as a purpose or aim : plan
intends to travel abroad next year

Legal Definition


transitive verb
in·​tend in-ˈtend How to pronounce intend (audio)
: to have in one's mind as a purpose or goal
did not intend to kill her

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