AskDefine | Define intend

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1 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" [syn: mean, think]
2 design or destine; "She was intended to become the director" [syn: destine, designate, specify]
3 mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" [syn: mean]
4 denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means" [syn: mean, signify, stand for]

User Contributed Dictionary



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


  • /ɪnˈtɛnd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛnd


  1. Stretch to extend; distend.
  2. Strain; make tense.
  3. Intensify; strengthen.
  4. Apply with energy.
  5. Bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.
  6. Fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard.
  7. Fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose.
  8. Design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.
  9. Pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

Usage notes


to fix the mind upon a goal

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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