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.
1. Made tense; stretched out; extended; forcible; violent. [Obs.]
2. Purposed; designed; as, intended harm or help.
They drew a curse from an intended good. --Cowper.
3. Betrothed; affianced; as, an intended husband.
In·tend·ed, n. One with whom marriage is designed; one who is betrothed; an affianced lover.
If it were not that I might appear to disparage his intended, . . . I would add that to me she seems to be throwing herself away. --Dickens.
adj 1: intentional or planned; "your intended trip abroud"; "an
intended insult" [ant: unintended]
2: future; betrothed; "his intended bride"