In·tend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intended; p. pr. & vb. n. Intending.]
1. To stretch; to extend; to distend. [Obs.]
By this the lungs are intended or remitted. --Sir M. Hale.
2. To strain; to make tense. [Obs.]
When a bow is successively intended and remedied. --Cudworth.
3. To intensify; to strengthen. [Obs.]
Magnetism may be intended and remitted. --Sir I. Newton.
4. To apply with energy.
Let him intend his mind, without respite, without rest, in one direction. --Emerson.
5. To bend or turn; to direct, as one's course or journey. [Archaic]
6. To fix the mind on; to attend to; to take care of; to superintend; to regard. [Obs.]
Having no children, she did, with singular care and tenderness, intend the education of Philip. --Bacon.
My soul, not being able to intend two things at once, abated of its fervency in praying. --Fuller.
7. 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; as, he intends to go; he intends that she shall remain.
They intended evil against thee. --Ps. xxi. 11.
To-morrow he intends
To hunt the boar with certain of his friends. --Shak.
8. To design mechanically or artistically; to fashion; to mold. [Obs.]
Modesty was made
When she was first intended. --Beau. & Fl.
9. To pretend; to counterfeit; to simulate. [Obs.]
Intend a kind of zeal both to the prince and Claudio. --Shak.
Syn: -- To purpose; mean; design; plan; conceive; contemplate.
v 1: have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant
to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought
to return early that night" [syn: mean, think]
2: design or destine; "She was intended to become the director"
[syn: destine, designate, specify]
3: mean or intend to express or convey; "You never understand
what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?" [syn: mean]
4: denote or connote; "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An
example sentence would show what this word means" [syn: mean,
signify, stand for]