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Meaning of intend by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • IPA: /ɪnˈtɛnd/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnd


    intend ( third-person singular simple present intends present participle intending, simple past and past participle intended )

    1. To fix the mind upon ( something to be accomplished ); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose .
    2. To fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard .
    3. ( obsolete ) To stretch to extend; distend .
    4. To strain; make tense .
    5. ( obsolete ) To intensify; strengthen.
    6. To apply with energy .
    7. To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey .
    8. To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold .
    9. To pretend; counterfeit; simulate .

    Usage notes


    • mean, foremind

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Explanation of intend by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have in mind as a purpose

    2. design or destine

    3. She was intended to become the director
    4. denote or connote

    5. mean or intend to express or convey

    6. what do his words intend?