- 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 intends
How he intends to practically parlay that will be fascinating to watch.Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough
October 30, 2014
With this new series, Klein intends to pull the curtain back and challenge the public's perception.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars
September 27, 2014
It is clear to you that she intends to use the staves as oars.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Diplomacy may not work if the Foley killing is an example of how ISIS intends to use retaliation for military intervention.Families of Italian Aid Workers Held by ISIS Fear for Their Lives After Foley's Death
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 22, 2014
Is it art, could it harm her, and does it successfully target—as she intends—the pharmaceutical industry?Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art
July 23, 2014
"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.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
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)
“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
- (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 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.