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.
- in·tend·er, noun
- mis·in·tend, verb
- pre·in·tend, verb (used with object)
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How to use intend in a sentence
Masai is taking some time to process the ordeal, and intends to address it publicly at a later date.Raptors president, sheriff’s deputy drop lawsuits over shoving incident at NBA Finals | Cindy Boren | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Chapek said the company is “still intending it to be theatrical but we’re going to be watching very carefully” to determine whether it might move to a streaming platform.Disney took in nearly $5 billion less in revenue over the pandemic-riddled holidays | Steven Zeitchik | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
We had members of Congress who intended to challenge the election results opting not to after what happened.How Has The Nation Changed Since The Insurrection At The Capitol? | Micah Cohen (email@example.com) | February 11, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
At a high setting, the cordless heated blanket can only stay warm for two hours, which may be an issue depending upon your intended use.Best heated throw blanket: Bundle up with these electric blankets | PopSci Commerce Team | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
The corona passport is intended to speed a return to normal, but what it will look like is still under discussion.Why Denmark’s “corona passport” is more of a promise than a plan | Bobbie Johnson | February 10, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
He doesn't actually intend to put this scene in the film--it's a true home movie.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I do, however, intend it to sound mean about the reactionary, prejudice-infested place she comes from.
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.
Worried this might turn people off from his performance, Khan said he didn't intend to offend anyone.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage | Julianne Chiaet | October 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also said police intend to put their beloved family pet, a Staffordshire bull terrier named Excalibur, to sleep.
The student who does not intend to arouse himself need hope for no keen sense of beauty.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
It would be useless to put you to the expense of drawings, until you have made up your minds on what you intend to have done.
I shall be glad to hear from you soon, as I intend to go to Padstow in a few days and shall not return under a fortnight.
I do not intend to vex or grieve you by any conduct of mine; nor do I mean to leave you, now you are both infirm and old.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
I intend leaving this evening for Bridgenorth, to ship the castings, both for Herland and Beeralstone.
British Dictionary definitions for intend
(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 indicate: what do his words intend?
(intr) to have a purpose as specified; mean: he intends well
(tr) archaic to direct or turn (the attention, eyes, etc)
- intender, noun
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