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in·tend

intend

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn tend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: intends, intending, intended
definition 1: to have in mind as something that one desires or plans to do.
I intend to travel for a year before I go back to school.[verb + infinitive ] No matter what your father says, I intend to marry you.[verb + infinitive ] She never intended to settle down in her hometown, but things didn't happen as she'd planned.[verb + infinitive ] Do they intend staying here for the whole two weeks?[verb + gerund ]
synonyms:
mean, propose, purpose
similar words:
aim, contemplate, determine, plan, purport, resolve
definition 2: to have in mind as something to be used for a particular purpose or given to a particular person or persons.
We intended this room as our study.I intended these books for my nephew.Those cupcakes were intended for the bake sale!
synonyms:
mean
similar words:
calculate, design, devise, purpose
definition 3: to have in mind as a desired end or result.
She intended that all her money be divided among her favorite charities.[verb + (that) + subjunctive clause ] He intended that his nephew should get the best education possible.[verb + (that) + subjunctive clause ] It was intended that we each receive an equal share.[verb + (that) + subjunctive clause ] I didn't intend for anyone to read my journal.
definition 4: to desire and plan for (someone or something) to do a thing.
The king intended his daughter to marry her cousin.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ] My parents always intended me to go to military school.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ] We never intended this prank to hurt anyone.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
similar words:
mean
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to have a purpose or plan.
synonyms:
plan, purpose
similar words:
aim
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