v. in·tend·ed, in·tend·ing, in·tends
1. To have in mind; plan: We intend to go. They intend going. I intended that you would go as well.
a. To design for a specific purpose: A whisk is intended to beat eggs.
b. To have in mind for a particular use: I intended the flowers as a present to her.
3. To signify or mean: What did he intend by that remark?
To have a design or purpose in mind.
[Middle English entenden, from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere : in-, toward; see IN-2 + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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