What does intend mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intend, mean, thinkverb

    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, specifyverb

    design or destine

    "She was intended to become the director"

  3. mean, intendverb

    mean or intend to express or convey

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

  4. mean, intend, signify, stand forverb

    denote or connote

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


  1. intendverb

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

  2. intendverb

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

  3. intendverb

    To stretch to extend; distend.

  4. intendverb

    To strain; make tense.

  5. intendverb

    To intensify; strengthen.

  6. intendverb

    To apply with energy.

  7. intendverb

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

  8. intendverb

    To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.

  9. intendverb

    To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INTENDverb

    Etymology: intendo, Latin.

    The same advancing high above his head,
    With sharp intended sting so rude him smote,
    That to the earth him drove, as stricken dead;
    Ne living wight would have him life behot. Fairy Queen.

    What seems to be the ground of the assertion, is the magnified quality of this star, conceived to cause or intend the heat of this season, we find that wiser antiquity was not of this opinion. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.

    By this the lungs are intended or remitted. Matthew Hale.

    This vis inertiæ is essential to matter, because it neither can be deprived of it, nor intended or remitted in the same body; but is always proportional to the quantity of matter. George Cheyne.

    Magnetism may be intended and remitted, and is found only in the magnet and in iron. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    This they should carefully intend, and not when the sacrament is administered, imagine themselves called only to walk up and down in a white and shining garment. Richard Hooker.

    They could not intend to the recovery of that country of the north. Edmund Spenser.

    Having no children, she did with singular care and tenderness intend the education of Philip. Francis Bacon, H. VII.

    The king prayed them to have patience 'till a little smoak, that was raised in his country, was over; slighting, as his manner was, that openly, which nevertheless he intended seriously. Francis Bacon, H. VII.

    Neither was there any queen-mother who might share any way in the government, while the king intended his pleasure. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Go therefore, mighty pow'rs!
    Terror of heav'n, though fallen! intend at home,
    While here shall be our home, what best may ease
    The present misery, and render hell
    More tolerable. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Their beauty they, and we our loves suspend;
    Nought can our wishes, save thy health, intend. Edmund Waller.

    The opinion she had of his wisdom was such, as made her esteem greatly of his words; but that the words themselves sounded so, as she could not imagine what they intended. Philip Sidney.

    The gods would not have delivered a soul into the body, which hath arms and legs, only instruments of doing, but that it were intended the mind should employ them. Philip Sidney.

    Thou art sworn
    As deeply to effect what we intend,
    As closely to conceal what we impart? William Shakespeare, R. III.

    The earl was a very acute and sound speaker, when he would intend it. Henry Wotton.

    According to this model Quintus Horatius Flaccus writ his odes and epods; for his satires and epistles, being intended wholly for instruction, required another style. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intendverb

    to stretch' to extend; to distend

  2. Intendverb

    to strain; to make tense

  3. Intendverb

    to intensify; to strengthen

  4. Intendverb

    to apply with energy

  5. Intendverb

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

  6. Intendverb

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

  7. Intendverb

    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. Intendverb

    to design mechanically or artistically; to fashion; to mold

  9. Intendverb

    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  

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  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. indent

  2. tinned

  3. dentin

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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. Xu Qi:

    We believe Sun did not intend to cheat, the punishment was in accordance with related rules and reasonable.

  2. Michael Clarke:

    Unless the Russians intend to be completely genocidal – they could flatten all the major cities, and Ukrainians will rise up against Russian occupation – there will be just constant guerrilla war.

  3. Willie Walsh:

    We intend to take all appropriate steps to defend the airline's position vigorously, including making any necessary appeals.

  4. Ranveer Singh Jamval:

    We will target the mountaineering waste from Camp 1 (19,695 feet) to the summit, there are old cylinders, tents, tins, packets, equipment and other mountaineering waste. Apart from our own haversacks weighing 10 kg each, we intend to bring in another 10 kg each on the trip.

  5. Ateny Wek:

    However, our forces did not commit any human rights violations. There are a number of bandits and lone militia forces that are active in that area, our forces do not kill civilians. Occasionally there may be accidental deaths as a result of crossfire, but the South Sudanese army is not responsible for this heinous crime. We intend to investigate who is responsible and bring them to justice.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. viverrine
    • B. schlockmeister
    • C. congius
    • D. imperviousness

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