What does intend mean?

Definitions for intend
ɪnˈtɛndin·tend

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word intend.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. intend(Verb)

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

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

  2. intend(Verb)

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

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

  3. intend(Verb)

    To stretch to extend; distend.

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

  4. intend(Verb)

    To strain; make tense.

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

  5. intend(Verb)

    To intensify; strengthen.

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

  6. intend(Verb)

    To apply with energy.

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

  7. intend(Verb)

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

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

  8. intend(Verb)

    To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.

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

  9. intend(Verb)

    To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

    Etymology: 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 choose for a specific purpose.

    They did choose the silver paint as they did intend to paint the hallway.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 30, 2020  
  2. intend

    To focus our 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

How to pronounce intend?

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How to say intend in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    I still, at this moment, continue to intend to support the Republican nominee, but (it's) getting harder every day.

  2. Orrin Hatch:

    I do not intend to allow Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to be stalled because of an 11th hour accusation that Democrats did not see fit to raise for over a month.

  3. Greg Hare:

    It was found near the top of a snow-capped mountain in South West Yukon, it was an incredible discovery, we really did n’t intend to be on that [ ice ] patch on that day. VIKING SWORD DISCOVERY : HUNTER FINDS 1,100-YEAR-OLD WEAPON ON NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN The archaeologists were travelling in two helicopters with a documentary film crew when they noticed caribou on the ice patch they were planning to land on. Instead, the helicopter landed on a small nearby patch of snow where Senior Project Archaeologist Christian Thomas quickly spotted the arrow.

  4. State John Kerry:

    The foreign minister made it clear to me they intend to complete their obligations with respect to implementation day as rapidly as possible, we are currently engaged ourselves in making certain that we're prepared to move on that day. And I think it could come -- without being specific -- sooner rather than later.

  5. Ted Cruz:

    I don't intend to send jackboots to knock on your door and every door in America. That's not how we enforce the law for any crime, we don't live in a police state. We do have law enforcement.

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