Definition of “intend” - English Dictionary

“intend” in British English

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intendverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈtend/ us /ɪnˈtend/

B1 to have as a plan or purpose:

[ + to infinitive ] We intend to go to Australia next year.
Somehow I offended him, which wasn't what I'd intended.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] I don't think she intended me to hear the remark.
The course is intended for intermediate-level students.
It was intended as a compliment, honestly!

More examples

  • The president has announced she does not intend to stand for re-election.
  • I made a promise to you and I intend to keep it.
  • How do you intend to deal with this problem?
  • I've heard that she intends to leave the company.
  • I spent much more than I intended to.

(Definition of “intend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“intend” in American English

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intendverb

us /ɪnˈtend/

to have as a plan or purpose:

[ + to infinitive ] We intend to go to Australia next year to visit our daughter.
[ T ] The remark was intended as a compliment.
intentional
adjective us /ɪnˈten·ʃən·əl/

Do you think the insult was intentional?
intentionally
adverb us /ɪnˈten·ʃən·əl·i/

The company was accused of intentionally dumping garbage into the river.

(Definition of “intend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)