purposed; designed; intentional: an intended snub.
prospective: one's intended wife.
Informal. the person one plans to marry; one's fiancé or fiancée.

1570–80; intend + -ed2

intendedly, adverb
intendedness, noun
quasi-intended, adjective
unintended, adjective
unintendedly, adverb Unabridged


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]

intended (ɪnˈtɛndɪd)
1.  planned or future
2.  informal a person whom one is to marry; fiancé or fiancée

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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
Intended to carry the reader somewhat further onward in the spiritual life.
Ask students to give examples of how humans modify the environment in intended
  and unintended ways.
Postings intended for one group aren't shown to another.
Therefore, graphic warning labels on cigarettes might not have the intended
  effect on everyone who sees them.
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