misintend

intend

[in-tend]
verb (used with object)
1.
to have in mind as something to be done or brought about; plan: We intend to leave in a month.
2.
to design or mean for a particular purpose, use, recipient, etc.: a fund intended for emergency use only.
3.
to design to express or indicate, as by one's words; refer to.
4.
(of words, terms, statements, etc.) to mean or signify.
5.
Archaic. to direct (the eyes, mind, etc.).
verb (used without object)
6.
to have a purpose or design.
7.
Obsolete. to set out on one's course.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
in'tender
 
n

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Word Origin & History

intend
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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