To intend is defined as to plan to or design for.verb
- An example of to intend is a man planning on asking a woman to marry him; he intends to ask her.
- An example of to intend is someone buying walking shoes because they want to take a walk; they intend to walk.
- to have in mind as a purpose; plan
- to mean (something) to be or be used (for); design; destine: a cake intended for the party
- to mean or signify
- Archaic to direct or turn (the mind, eyes, thoughts, etc.)
- Law to construe or interpret legally
Origin: ME entenden < OFr entendre < L intendere, to stretch out for, aim at < in-, in, at + tendere, to stretch: see thin
- intender noun
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verb in·tend·ed, in·tend·ing, in·tends verb, transitive
- To have in mind; plan: We intend to go. They intend going. You intended that she go.
- a. To design for a specific purpose.b. To have in mind for a particular use.
- To signify or mean.
Origin: Middle English entenden, from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere : in-, toward; see in-2 + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.