• IPA: /ɪnˈtɛnd/

intend (intends, present participle intending; past and past participle intended)

  1. (ambitransitive, usually followed by the particle "to") To hope; to wish (something, or something to be accomplished); be intent upon
    He intends to go to university.
    They evidently intended some mischief.
    Synonyms: 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.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , Bk.I, New York, 2001, p.139:
      Dotage, fatuity, or folly […] is for the most part intended or remitted in particular men, and thereupon some are wiser than others […].
  6. To apply with energy.
  7. To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.
  8. To design mechanically or artistically; fashion#Verb|fashion; mold.
  9. To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.
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