Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To have in mind; plan: We intend to go. They intend going. You intended that she go.
  • transitive v. To design for a specific purpose.
  • transitive v. To have in mind for a particular use.
  • transitive v. To signify or mean.
  • intransitive v. To have a design or purpose in mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose.
  • v. To fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard.
  • v. To stretch to extend; distend.
  • v. To strain; make tense.
  • v. To intensify; strengthen.
  • v. To apply with energy.
  • v. To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.
  • v. To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.
  • v. To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stretch; to extend; to distend.
  • transitive v. To strain; to make tense.
  • transitive v. To intensify; to strengthen.
  • transitive v. To apply with energy.
  • transitive v. To bend or turn; to direct, as one's course or journey.
  • transitive v. To fix the mind on; to attend to; to take care of; to superintend; to regard.
  • transitive v. To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); to be intent upon; to mean; to design; to plan; to purpose; -- often followed by an infinitely with to, or a dependent clause with that
  • transitive v. To design mechanically or artistically; to fashion; to mold.
  • transitive v. To pretend; to counterfeit; to simulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stretch forth or out; extend or distend.
  • To direct; turn; fix in a course or tendency.
  • To fix the attention upon; attend to; superintend.
  • To fix the mind upon, as something to be done or brought about; have in mind or purpose; design: often used with the infinitive: as, I intend to write; no deception was intended.
  • To design to signify; mean to be understood; have reference to.
  • To pretend; make believe; simulate.
  • To look for; expect.
  • To intensify; increase.
  • To stretch forward; extend; move; proceed.
  • To attend; pay attention.
  • To have intention; be inclined or disposed.
  • To manage; superintend; supervise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. design or destine
  • v. mean or intend to express or convey
  • v. have in mind as a purpose
  • v. denote or connote

Etymologies

Middle English entenden, from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere : in-, toward; see in-2 + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English entend, “direct (one’s) attention towards”, from Old French entendre, from Latin intendere. (Wiktionary)

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