Intend Definition

intended, intends
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To have a purpose or intention.
Webster's New World
To mean (something) to be or be used (for); design; destine.
A cake intended for the party.
Webster's New World
To direct or turn (the mind, eyes, thoughts, etc.)
Webster's New World
To have in mind for a particular use.
I intended the flowers as a present to her.
American Heritage
To have in mind as a purpose; plan.
Webster's New World

Origin of Intend

  • Middle English entenden from Old French entendre from Latin intendere in- toward in–2 tendere to stretch ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English entend, “direct (one’s) attention towards”, from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere.

    From Wiktionary


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