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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    Karen
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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. Naftali Bennett:

    I state here that this soldier is not a murderer, and that prosecution on a murder clause would be a total loss of control, someone got confused between the bad guys and good guys .. and I intend to ensure that the soldier has a just trial and not a show trial.

  2. Nicholas Bourne:

    We are as a department and government working towards the 2020 target as something we intend to honour, we are working on the basis these (targets) remain relevant and binding on the United Kingdom.

  3. Pennsylvania Democrats:

    I intend to defend myself vigorously against these charges, a resignation would be an admission of guilt and I'm not guilty.

  4. Paul Ryan:

    I disagree with this decision, there are better ways to help American workers and consumers. I intend to keep working with the president on those better options.

  5. President Obama:

    Signing this legislation does not signal a change in the Administration’s sanctions policy, which we have carefully calibrated in accordance with developments on the ground and coordinated with our allies and partners, at this time, the Administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law, but the Act gives the Administration additional authorities that could be utilized, if circumstances warranted.

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