- 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 of intendMiddle English entenden ; from Old French entendre ; from Classical Latin intendere, to stretch out for, aim at ; from in-, in, at + tendere, to stretch: see thin
verbin·tend·ed, in·tend·ing, in·tends
- To have in mind; plan: We intend to go. They intend going. I intended that you would go as well.
- a. To design for a specific purpose: A whisk is intended to beat eggs.b. To have in mind for a particular use: I intended the flowers as a present to her.
- To signify or mean: What did he intend by that remark?
Origin of intendMiddle English entenden, from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere : in-, toward; see in–2 + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present intends, present participle intending, simple past and past participle intended)
- To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose.
- To fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard.
- To strain; make tense.
- To apply with energy.
- To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.
- To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.
- To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.