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The word intend is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb intend

What does intend mean as a doing word?

Intend is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: intended | intending | intends

  1. have in mind as a purpose
    • example: They intend to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Predicate, -ing]I tried exercisingTry Verbs: attempt, try
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Predicate, subject control with infinitive]I tried to exercise
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I tried the exercise routine
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I wished for her to do itWish Verbs: aim, dream, expect, hope, imagine, mean, plan, propose, think, wish, yen
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I wished the children found
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He wished to come
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]He wished that she would come immediately
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I wished him to be nice
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I wished it
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of intend: mean / think
    • more specific terms:
  2. design or destine
    • example: She was intended to become the director
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of intend: designate / destine / specify
    • more generic word: plan = make plans for something
    • more specific words:
      • mean = destine or designate for a certain purpose
      • design = plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
      • slate = designate or schedule
      • calculate / direct / aim = specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  3. mean or intend to express or convey
  4. denote or connote

Alternative definition of the verb intend


  1. To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; 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.
  6. To apply with energy.
  7. To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.
  8. To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.
  9. To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.


"Intend" is a composition.

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Google previewDictionary of Etymology of the English Language (1861)

And of English Synonymes & Paronymes by Rev. John Oswald

§ Intend, to stretch ; to mean, ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1840)

by John Oswald

m V Intend, to stretch ,• to mean, to design, to purpose ; that is, to stretch and set •orward in mind, to fix the mind on.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

INTEND. INTEND.' King. We do not meane the coursing snatchers onely ,. to be temperate requires no great effort ; which makes m- (considering its consequences whereof no person can be ignorant) the more inexcusable. ° Beattie.

Google previewThe Builder's Dictionary: Or, Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

is a Term us'd when one Side cf a Piece of Stuff is to be fit- ted to the Side of some other, which- last is not regular: Therefore to make thele two Pieces join close together all the Way, they scribe it thus; they lay the Piece of Stuff they intend to ...

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Usage statistics about intend

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Intend Meaning

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I don't intend to simply go away and write my plays and be a good boy. I intend to remain an independent and political intelligence in my own right. (Harold Pinter)
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Scrabble value of I1N1T1E1N1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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