intending [in-ten-ding] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for intending on adjective

  1. designing or aiming to be; prospective or aspiring: intending surgeons.

Origin of intending First recorded in 1650–60; intend + -ing2 intend [in-tend] verb (used with object)

  1. to have in mind as something to be done or brought about; plan: We intend to leave in a month.
  2. to design or mean for a particular purpose, use, recipient, etc.: a fund intended for emergency use only.
  3. to design to express or indicate, as by one’s words; refer to.
  4. (of words, terms, statements, etc.) to mean or signify.
  5. Archaic. to direct (the eyes, mind, etc.).

verb (used without object)

  1. to have a purpose or design.
  2. Obsolete. to set out on one’s course.

Origin of intend 1250–1300; Latin intendere to stretch towards, aim at (see in-2, tend1); replacing Middle English entenden Old French entendre Latin, as aboveRelated formsin·tend·er, nounmis·in·tend, verbpre·in·tend, verb (used with object)Synonyms for intend See more synonyms for on 1. contemplate, expect, aim, purpose. Synonym study 1. Intend, mean, design, propose imply knowing what one wishes to do and setting this as a goal. To intend is to have in mind something to be done or brought about: No offense was intended. Mean is a less formal word than intend but otherwise a close synonym: He means to go away. Design implies planning to effect a particular result: to design a plan for Christmas decorations. Propose suggests setting up a program for oneself or offering it to others for consideration: We propose to beautify our city. Related Words for intending try, resolve, propose, aim, contemplate, design, plan, destine, designate, mean, think, expect, essay, plot, decree, spell, signify, appoint, reserve, connote Examples from the Web for intending Contemporary Examples of intending

  • The night before he bought a lot of crack-cocaine on credit with no way to pay, intending to kill himself after smoking.

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  • He also suggested on Twitter that he was intending to continue to work closely with the organization.

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    August 14, 2013

  • She clambered naked out a third-floor window and hung by her fingertips, intending to let herself drop into the bushes below.

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  • Ten years ago he broke into a house owned by a woman named Lola Nixon, intending to commit burglary.

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  • To avoid blame, Cantor claimed that the Democrats were intending to do the same and he just wanted to preempt them.

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  • Historical Examples of intending

  • So saying, he thrust his boot into the snow, intending to kick it over the girl.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • We went on, however, intending to go into one of the Cape de Verdes.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I got out with Villaret, intending at any rate to stretch my limbs.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Young We followed the plow-boy, intending to greet his brother-in-law.

    The Chinese Fairy Book


  • We may be sure he told her all about himself and what he had done and was intending to do.

    Samuel Butler: A Sketch

    Henry Festing Jones

  • British Dictionary definitions for intending intend verb

    1. (may take a clause as object) to propose or plan (something or to do something); have in mind; mean
    2. (tr often foll by for) to design or destine (for a certain purpose, person, etc)that shot was intended for the President
    3. (tr) to mean to express or indicatewhat do his words intend?
    4. (intr) to have a purpose as specified; meanhe intends well
    5. (tr) archaic to direct or turn (the attention, eyes, etc)

    Derived Formsintender, nounWord Origin for intend C14: from Latin intendere to stretch forth, give one’s attention to, from tendere to stretch Word Origin and History for intending intend v.

    c.1300, “direct one’s attention to,” from Old French entendre, intendre “to direct one’s attention” (in Modern French principally “to hear”), from Latin intendere “turn one’s attention, strain,” literally “stretch out, extend,” from in- “toward” (see in- (2)) + tendere “to stretch” (see tenet). Sense of “have as a plan” (late 14c.) was present in Latin. A Germanic word for this was ettle, from Old Norse ætla “to think, conjecture, propose,” from Proto-Germanic *ahta “consideration, attention” (cf. Old English eaht, German acht). Intended (n.) “one’s intended husband or wife” is from 1767.

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