What does intend mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intend, mean, think(verb)

    have in mind as a purpose

    "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night"

  2. intend, destine, designate, specify(verb)

    design or destine

    "She was intended to become the director"

  3. mean, intend(verb)

    mean or intend to express or convey

    "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

  4. mean, intend, signify, stand for(verb)

    denote or connote

    "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"


  1. intend(Verb)

    To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose.

  2. intend(Verb)

    To fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard.

  3. intend(Verb)

    To stretch to extend; distend.

  4. intend(Verb)

    To strain; make tense.

  5. intend(Verb)

    To intensify; strengthen.

  6. intend(Verb)

    To apply with energy.

  7. intend(Verb)

    To bend or turn; direct, as one's course or journey.

  8. intend(Verb)

    To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.

  9. intend(Verb)

    To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

  10. Origin: From entend, “direct (one’s) attention towards”, from entendre, from intendere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intend(verb)

    to stretch' to extend; to distend

  2. Intend(verb)

    to strain; to make tense

  3. Intend(verb)

    to intensify; to strengthen

  4. Intend(verb)

    to apply with energy

  5. Intend(verb)

    to bend or turn; to direct, as one's course or journey

  6. Intend(verb)

    to fix the mind on; to attend to; to take care of; to superintend; to regard

  7. Intend(verb)

    to fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); to be intent upon; to mean; to design; to plan; to purpose; -- often followed by an infinitely with to, or a dependent clause with that; as, he intends to go; he intends that she shall remain

  8. Intend(verb)

    to design mechanically or artistically; to fashion; to mold

  9. Intend(verb)

    to pretend; to counterfeit; to simulate

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intend

    in-tend′, v.t. to fix the mind upon: to design: to purpose: (Milt.) to extend: (Shak.) to direct.—v.i. to have a design: to purpose.—ns. Intend′ant, an officer who superintends some public business, a title of many public officers in France and other countries; Intend′ancy, his office.—adj. Intend′ed, purposed: betrothed.—n. an affianced lover.—adv. Intend′edly, with intention or design.—ns. Intend′iment (Spens.), attention, knowledge, intention; Intend′ment (Shak.), intention, design. [O. Fr. entendre—L. intendĕre, intentum and intensumin, towards, tendĕre, to stretch.]

Editors Contribution

  1. intend

    To focus your mind to achieve.

    They did intend to increase their herd and income, they easily achieved it.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 11, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intend' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4552

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intend' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3141

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intend' in Verbs Frequency: #213

Anagrams for intend »

  1. dentin

  2. indent

  3. tinned

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intend in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of intend in a Sentence

  1. Lucy McBath:

    I intend to win.

  2. Josh Earnest:

    That is what we intend to do.

  3. Dean Monco:

    We intend to complete the task.

  4. Energy Minister Sudirman Said:

    We also intend to develop renewables.

  5. Alek Sigley:

    I intend now to return to normal life.

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