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


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

Origin of intended

First recorded in 1570–80; intend + -ed2
Related formsin·tend·ed·ly, adverbin·tend·ed·ness, nounqua·si-in·tend·ed, adjectiveun·in·tend·ed, adjectiveun·in·tend·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of unintended

  • She turned to say good-night to Cécile but spoiled her kiss with an unintended laugh.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • Do not think of one falsity as harmless, and another as slight, and another as unintended.

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • Which speech had the unintended effect of making Saurin more exasperated than ever.

  • The youthful group was much diverted with this unintended exhibition.


    Fanny Burney

  • The officer of the guard at the palace was not clear as to what he was to do with his unintended catch.

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

British Dictionary definitions for unintended



not intended; unplanned



planned or future


informal a person whom one is to marry; fiancé or fiancée
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Word Origin and History for unintended

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of intend.

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