[ in-ten-did ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn dɪd /


purposed; designed; intentional: an intended snub.
prospective: one's intended wife.


Informal. the person one plans to marry; one's fiancé or fiancée.


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Origin of intended

First recorded in 1570–80; intend + -ed2


Definition for intended (2 of 2)

[ in-tend ]
/ ɪnˈtɛnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to have a purpose or design.
Obsolete. to set out on one's course.

Origin of intend

1250–1300; < Latin intendere to stretch towards, aim at (see in-2, tend1); replacing Middle English entenden < Old French entendre < Latin, as above


in·tend·er, nounmis·in·tend, verbpre·in·tend, verb (used with object)

synonym study for intend

1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for intended (1 of 2)

/ (ɪnˈtɛndɪd) /


planned or future


informal a person whom one is to marry; fiancé or fiancée

British Dictionary definitions for intended (2 of 2)

/ (ɪnˈtɛnd) /


(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)

Derived forms of intend

intender, noun

Word Origin for intend

C14: from Latin intendere to stretch forth, give one's attention to, from tendere to stretch
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