[ in-tend ]
/ ɪnˈtɛnd /
verb (used with object)
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.).
verb (used without object)
to have a purpose or design.
Obsolete. to set out on one's course.
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Origin of intend
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM intendin·tend·er, nounmis·in·tend, verbpre·in·tend, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for intend
/ (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 intendintender, 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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