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Meaning of INTEND

Pronunciation:  in'tend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
  4. [v]  mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

INTEND is a 6 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: designate, destine, mean, mean, signify, specify, stand for, think
 See Also: aim, aim, be after, calculate, convey, denote, design, direct, drive, get, impart, import, plan, propose, purport, purpose, refer, represent, slate, spell, symbolise, symbolize, typify, will, wish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intended}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Intending}.] [OE. entenden to be attentive, F. entendre,
fr. L. intendre, intentum, and intensum, to intend, attend,
stretch out, extend; pref. in- in + tendere to stretch,
stretch out. See {Tend}.]
1. To stretch' to extend; to distend. [Obs.]

         By this the lungs are intended or remitted. --Sir M.

2. To strain; to make tense. [Obs.]

         When a bow is successively intended and remedied.

3. To intensify; to strengthen. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

         Magnetism may be intended and remitted. --Sir I.

4. To apply with energy.

         Let him intend his mind, without respite, without
         rest, in one direction.               --Emerson.

5. To bend or turn; to direct, as one's course or journey.
   [Archaic] --Shak.

6. To fix the mind on; to attend to; to take care of; to
   superintend; to regard. [Obs.]

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

         My soul, not being able to intend two things at
         once, abated of its fervency in praying. --Fuller.

7. 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.

         They intended evil against thee.      --Ps. xxi. 11.

         To-morrow he intends To hunt the boar with certain
         of his friends.                       --Shak.

8. To design mechanically or artistically; to fashion; to
   mold. [Obs.]

         Modesty was made When she was first intended.
                                               --Beau. & Fl.

9. To pretend; to counterfeit; to simulate. [Obs.]

         Intend a kind of zeal both to the prince and
         Claudio.                              --Shak.

Syn: To purpose; mean; design; plan; conceive; contemplate.

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