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This page has 9 definitions of intend in English. Intend is a verb. Examples of how to use intend in a sentence are shown. Also define these 27 related words and terms: transitive, intransitive, hope, wish, intent, mean, design, plan, purpose, attend, take care, superintend, regard, stretch, extend, distend, strain, tense, intensify, strengthen, bend, direct, fashion, mold, pretend, counterfeit, and simulate.

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Etymology

From Middle English intenden, entenden (direct (one’s) attention towards), borrowed from Old French entendre, from Latin intendo, intendere. See also intensive.

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Verb

intend (third-person singular simple present intends, present participle intending, simple past and past participle intended)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, usually followed by the particle "to") To hope; to wish (something, or something to be accomplished); be intent upon
    He intends to go to university.
    They evidently intended some mischief.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 1, in Death on the Centre Court:
      She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill.
    • 2013 June 7, Ed Pilkington, “‘Killer robots’ should be banned in advance, UN told”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 6:
      In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.
    Synonyms: mean, design, plan, purpose
    • Design definition
      A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem. (1 of 8 design definitions)
  2. To fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard.
  3. (obsolete) To stretch to extend; distend.
  4. To strain; make tense.
  5. (obsolete) To intensify; strengthen.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , Bk.I, New York, 2001, p.139:
      Dotage, fatuity, or folly [] is for the most part intended or remitted in particular men, and thereupon some are wiser than others […].
  6. To apply with energy.
  7. To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.
    • Direct definition
      Proceeding without deviation or interruption. (1 of 8 direct definitions)
  8. To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.
    • Fashion definition
      A current (constantly changing) trend, favored for frivolous rather than practical, logical, or intellectual reasons. (1 of 5 fashion definitions)
  9. To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.
    • Simulate definition
      To model, replicate, duplicate the behavior, appearance or properties of.

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