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Definition of intend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intend
    he / she / it intends
    past simple intended
    -ing form intending
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  1. 1 [intransitive, transitive] to have a plan, result, or purpose in your mind when you do something We finished later than we had intended. intend to do something Ifully intended (= definitely intended) to pay for the damage. intend somebody/something to do something The writer clearly intends his readers to identify with the main character. intend something The company intends a slow-down in expansion. intend somebody something He intended her no harm (= it was not his plan to harm her). it is intended that… It is intended that production will start next month. intend that… We intend that production will start next month.
  2. 2[transitive] to plan that something should have a particular meaning synonym mean intend something (by something) What exactly did you intend by that remark? intend something (as something) He intended it as a joke.
  3. Word Familyintend verbintended adjective (unintended)intention nounintentional adjective (unintentional)intentionally adverb (unintentionally)
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