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[in-ten-ding] /ɪnˈtɛn dɪŋ/
designing or aiming to be; prospective or aspiring:
intending surgeons.
Origin of intending
1650-60; intend + -ing2


[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.
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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  • The emperor, Alexius, intending to complain, sent messengers to Peter.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • We went on, however, intending to go into one of the Cape de Verdes.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • She took refuge in "The Red Pig," intending to go the next morning.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • intending to practice medicine, he studied the natural sciences.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
  • The gardens are highly commended, but we did not go in, intending to reach Pontoise by dinner.

British Dictionary definitions for intending


(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 intending



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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