Word family noun intent intention adjective intendedunintended intentionalunintentional intent verb intend adverb intentionallyunintentionally
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishintendin‧tend /ɪnˈtend/ ●●● S2 W1 verb [transitive] 1 INTENDto have something in your mind as a plan or purposeintentionintend to do something I intend to spend the night there.intend somebody/something to do something I didn’t intend her to see the painting until it was finished. I never intended things to turn out the way they did.intend that It is intended that these meetings will become a regular event.intend doing something We intend looking at the situation again. I fully intend (=definitely intend) to return home next year.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say plan to do something or plan on doing something, rather than intend to do something or intend doing something:I plan to spend the night there.I didn’t plan on things taking so long. OR I didn’t plan for things to take so long.2 be intended for somebody/something3 intended target/victim/destination etcTHESAURUSintend to do something to have decided that you want to do something at some time in the futureHe intends to appeal against the going to do something especially spoken to intend to do something – used when you have made definite arrangements to do itWe’re going to have a meeting about it next week.I’m going to start karate lessons.mean to do something especially spoken to intend to do something – used especially when you forget to do something or when something does not happen in the way you intendedI’ve been meaning to call you for ages.Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.plan to do something to intend to do something – used especially when you have thought carefully about how and when you will do itThe airline plans to start flights to Thailand in July.Jane and Rob are planning to get married next year.set out to do something to intend to do something – used when someone is very determined and knows clearly what they want to doHe set out to make a movie that would challenge people’s prejudices.aim to do something to intend to do something – used when saying what someone hopes to achieveWe aim to finish the work by next week.The film aims to explain global warming and what people can do about it.propose to do something formal to intend to do something – used when saying what someone suggests doingHow do you propose to deal with the situation? have somebody/something in mind to imagine that something is the kind of thing that you want to happen, or that someone is the person you want to choose‘How about going out for a pizza?’ ‘That wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.’Who do you have in mind?have no intention of doing something to have decided that you will definitely not do somethingTom has no intention of retiring just yet.The government has no intention of lifting the ban. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
fully intendThe Grange has always been a happy house and still has a faint atmosphere of piety, fully intended by Mr Teulon.Last night had completely undermined her resolve, though - as he had fully intended it should.The pair fully intends to be on stage this weekend, returned to all their companions in the salad bowl.Smolan maintains he fully intended to go forward with a book from the time he and Negroponte began discussing it.Branson had fully intended to keep his word on not seeing or communicating with Joan for three months.After all, the 27-year-old farm worker fully intended to return to work when his 30-minute lunch break was over.There are massive opportunities for a group like Emap in the digital environment and we fully intend to take them.
Origin intend (1300-1400) Old French entendre to have as a purpose, from Latin intendere to stretch out, have as a purpose, from tendere to stretch