- purposed; designed; intentional: an intended snub.
- prospective: one's intended wife.
- Informal. the person one plans to marry; one's fiancé or fiancée.
Origin of intended
- 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 intended
But the ads are not just intended to remind the Google-curious that Paul exists and is thinking about running for president.Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign
January 6, 2015
Users “should be allowed to use these devices and services the way they were intended,” Brookman says.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
Then they intended to bury her, but she looked more alive than dead, and she still had such pretty red cheeks.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
The human body was not intended to take that kind of punishment.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
He insisted that he had not intended the novel to be political allegory, while knowing full well that it would be taken as such.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’
November 23, 2014
This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.
It has been the accumulation of years, and was intended as a provision for you and Robert.
His last letter gives no clue to the track he intended to pursue.Explorations in Australia
Each step, while it was intended to be the last, only made some other last step needful.
He had not intended this; it seemed hardly his fault: his intentions had been good, or at least not bad.
- planned or future
- informal a person whom one is to marry; fiancé or fiancée
- (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 intended
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.