Definition of intend in English:


Syllabification: in·tend
Pronunciation: /inˈtend


[with object]
  • 1Have (a course of action) as one’s purpose or objective; plan: [with infinitive]: the company intends to cut about 4,500 jobs [with clause]: it is intended that coverage shall be worldwide
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    • The only purpose it is intended to serve is to boost the election prospects of the ruling party in the State.
    • It is possible that from its beginning it was intended in due course to become the administrative centre of Britain as well.
    • He had planned the ideal route down the snowboard cross course and was intending to stick to it.
  • 1.1Plan that (something) function in a particular way: a series of questions intended as a checklist
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    • He had agreed to supply wire to cut the prison bars, but said he never intended the plan to be put into effect and believed that it could not possibly succeed.
    • Indeed there would be no point to such centralized plans if they weren't intended to override the wishes of individuals.
    • Both plans are intended to gain credit with Republicans in the bid to move them towards decommissioning of weapons.
  • 1.2Plan that speech should have (a particular meaning): no offense was intended, I assure you
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    • Power politics carried the day, Simpson argues - intending the double meaning.
    • Words often have several different meanings and we can tell which meaning is intended only by seeing how the word is used.
    • If this was intended as a defining speech, then the Tories still don't seem to have defined exactly what they are for.
  • 2Design or destine (someone or something) for a particular purpose or end: pigs intended for human consumption [with infinitive]: a one-room cottage intended to accommodate a family
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    • The new design was intended to create more internal space, which meant stripping away the additions at the back.
    • But these interventions also served humanitarian purposes, and presumably were intended to do that too.
    • In the 18th century, wallpaper artisans designed elaborate motifs that were intended to be hung as panels.
  • 2.1 (be intended for) Be meant or designed for (a particular person or group) to have or use: this benefit is intended for people incapable of work
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    • In 1998 two foresters were killed by a landmine intended for the park director.
    • I have come to accept the world-view that my life should be lived according to what God intended for me, as a gay man.
    • It is soo cute, but probably too big for the person it's intended for so I might have to keep it and make another smaller one.



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  • Said AOL exec, Kenn Turner: ‘We're addressing the needs of the millions of Internet intenders who are first-time PC buyers or novice computer users.’
  • And unless it is all deception, the project should be able to challenge the boundaries of recent releases of pretenders, intenders and contenders.
  • Most hybrid intenders don't really know what a hybrid is.


Middle English entend (in the sense 'direct the attention to'), from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere 'intend, extend, direct', from in- 'toward' + tendere 'stretch, tend'.

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