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verb (used with object)
  1. to have in mind as something to be done or brought about; plan: We intend to leave in a month.
  2. to design or mean for a particular purpose, use, recipient, etc.: a fund intended for emergency use only.
  3. to design to express or indicate, as by one's words; refer to.
  4. (of words, terms, statements, etc.) to mean or signify.
  5. Archaic. to direct (the eyes, mind, etc.).
verb (used without object)
  1. to have a purpose or design.
  2. 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
Related formsin·tend·er, nounmis·in·tend, verbpre·in·tend, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for intend

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Synonym study

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for intends

Contemporary Examples of intends

Historical Examples of intends

  • "Professor Maxon intends to wed one of these to his daughter," von Horn continued.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • It's denied, you know, that he intends to come forward as a candidate in Morbihan.

  • But can it be your opinion, that he intends to humble me down to the level of his mean pride?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • “I wish they would talk about the army, and what it intends to do,” was Dick's thought.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • Is a fellow not to speak to a woman but he must say at once whether or not he intends to marry her?'

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for intends


  1. (may take a clause as object) to propose or plan (something or to do something); have in mind; mean
  2. (tr often foll by for) to design or destine (for a certain purpose, person, etc)that shot was intended for the President
  3. (tr) to mean to express or indicatewhat do his words intend?
  4. (intr) to have a purpose as specified; meanhe intends well
  5. (tr) archaic to direct or turn (the attention, eyes, etc)
Derived Formsintender, 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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Word Origin and History for intends



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.

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