- 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.).
- to have a purpose or design.
- Obsolete. to set out on one's course.
Origin of intend
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Examples from the Web for intend
I do, however, intend it to sound mean about the reactionary, prejudice-infested place she comes from.Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie
December 8, 2014
I was elected by the people of Brooklyn to do this job without fear or favor and that is exactly what I intend to do.New York's Next Killer-Cop Grand Jury
December 6, 2014
The Green family—who were at The Gathering in 2008 and 2013—have said they intend to leave much of their fortune to it.The $1-Billion-a-Year Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven’t Heard Of
September 25, 2014
How do they intend to practically advocate for “working mothers”?The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
They intend to buy tickets for the next game even if they are prevented from entering again.Iran Won’t Let Women Watch The World Cup
June 21, 2014
But before you start to read let me explain what I intend to do.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
I intend going with Windich to-morrow easterly in search of water.Explorations in Australia
I did not intend to write; but your too-kind sister has prevailed upon me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
We are always disbelieving in him because things do not go as we intend and desire them to go.Weighed and Wanting
The purposes for which you intend your fruit is highly important.
- (may take a clause as object) to propose or plan (something or to do something); have in mind; mean
- (tr often foll by for) to design or destine (for a certain purpose, person, etc)that shot was intended for the President
- (tr) to mean to express or indicatewhat do his words intend?
- (intr) to have a purpose as specified; meanhe intends well
- (tr) archaic to direct or turn (the attention, eyes, etc)
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.