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[in-tend] /ɪnˈtɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to have in mind as something to be done or brought about; plan:
We intend to leave in a month.
to design or mean for a particular purpose, use, recipient, etc.:
a fund intended for emergency use only.
to design to express or indicate, as by one's words; refer to.
(of words, terms, statements, etc.) to mean or signify.
Archaic. to direct (the eyes, mind, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to have a purpose or design.
Obsolete. to set out on one's course.
Origin of intend
1250-1300; < Latin intendere to stretch towards, aim at (see in-2, tend1); replacing Middle English entenden < Old French entendre < Latin, as above
Related forms
intender, noun
misintend, verb
preintend, verb (used with object)
1. contemplate, expect, aim, purpose. Intend, mean, design, propose imply knowing what one wishes to do and setting this as a goal. To intend is to have in mind something to be done or brought about: No offense was intended. Mean is a less formal word than intend but otherwise a close synonym: He means to go away. Design implies planning to effect a particular result: to design a plan for Christmas decorations. Propose suggests setting up a program for oneself or offering it to others for consideration: We propose to beautify our city. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intend
  • It does intend to equip the national conscience with the information by which it can make up its own mind fairly.
  • If you intend to visit a plantation independently, keep in mind that the offerings of each plantation differ.
  • But he made clear he did not intend to disarm the fighters, many of them children.
  • Even so, these companies still intend to invest, if they can only get credit.
  • If you intend to use rainwater for drinking, minimizing contamination is essential.
  • Policymakers may not intend to keep us trim when they're pondering how to manage fisheries and other wild food resources.
  • He did not intend to muddy the water with so little information.
  • If you intend to plant it outdoors eventually, choose a variety that thrives in your climate.
  • Be sure that what you are revealing is what you intend.
  • Do not promise to send photographs unless you intend to follow through.
British Dictionary definitions for intend


(may take a clause as object) to propose or plan (something or to do something); have in mind; mean
(transitive) often foll by for. to design or destine (for a certain purpose, person, etc): that shot was intended for the President
(transitive) to mean to express or indicate: what do his words intend?
(intransitive) to have a purpose as specified; mean: he intends well
(transitive) (archaic) to direct or turn (the attention, eyes, etc)
Derived Forms
intender, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin intendere to stretch forth, give one's attention to, from tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for intend

c.1300, "direct one's attention to," from Old French entendre, intendre "to direct one's attention" (in Modern French principally "to hear"), from Latin intendere "turn one's attention, strain," literally "stretch out, extend," from in- "toward" (see in- (2)) + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "have as a plan" (late 14c.) was present in Latin. A Germanic word for this was ettle, from Old Norse ætla "to think, conjecture, propose," from Proto-Germanic *ahta "consideration, attention" (cf. Old English eaht, German acht). Intended (n.) "one's intended husband or wife" is from 1767.

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