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.

1250–1300; < Latin intendere to stretch towards, aim at (see in-2, tend1); replacing Middle English entenden < Old French entendre < Latin, as above

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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intend (ɪnˈtɛnd)
vb (often foll by for)
1.  (may take a clause as object) to propose or plan (something or to do something); have in mind; mean
2.  to design or destine (for a certain purpose, person, etc): that shot was intended for the President
3.  (tr) to mean to express or indicate: what do his words intend?
4.  (intr) to have a purpose as specified; mean: he intends well
5.  archaic (tr) to direct or turn (the attention, eyes, etc)
[C14: from Latin intendere to stretch forth, give one's attention to, from tendere to stretch]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "direct one's attention to," from O.Fr. intendre "to direct one's attention," from L. intendere "turn one's attention, strain," lit. "stretch out, extend," from in- "toward" + tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "have as a plan" (1390) was present in Latin.
A Gmc. word for this was ettle, from O.N. ætla "to think, conjecture, propose," from P.Gmc. *ahta "consideration, attention" (cf. O.E. eaht, Ger. acht). Intended (n.) "one's intended husband or wife" is from 1767.
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Example sentences
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
Even so, these companies still intend to invest, if they can only get credit.
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