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Synonyms for intend

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  1. intendverb

    foremind, mean

  2. intendverb

    To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); be intent upon; mean; design; plan; purpose.

    foremind, mean

  3. intendverb

    To fix the mind on; attend to; take care of; superintend; regard.

    mean, foremind

  4. intendverb

    To stretch to extend; distend.

    mean, foremind

  5. intendverb

    To strain; make tense.

    mean, foremind

  6. intendverb

    To intensify; strengthen.

    mean, foremind

  7. intendverb

    To apply with energy.

    mean, foremind

  8. intendverb

    To bend or turn; direct, as one’s course or journey.

    foremind, mean

  9. intendverb

    To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.

    foremind, mean

  10. intendverb

    To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

    mean, foremind

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intend, mean, thinkverb

    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"

    entail, call back, signify, guess, recollect, imagine, mean, consider, retrieve, call up, destine, reckon, suppose, stand for, imply, cogitate, specify, conceive, designate, think, cerebrate, recall, remember, think of, opine, have in mind, believe

  2. intend, destine, designate, specifyverb

    design or destine

    "She was intended to become the director"

    fate, qualify, narrow, peg down, show, fix, nail down, delineate, stand for, point, pin down, doom, determine, indicate, particularize, assign, specify, think, signify, delegate, destine, designate, specialize, mean, depute, delimit, specialise, stipulate, delimitate, define, limit, denominate, condition, particularise, set, narrow down, set apart

  3. mean, intendverb

    mean or intend to express or convey

    "You never understand what I mean!"; "what do his words intend?"

    stand for, designate, entail, specify, have in mind, destine, signify, mean, think, imply, think of

  4. mean, intend, signify, stand forverb

    denote or connote

    "`maison' means `house' in French"; "An example sentence would show what this word means"

    entail, signify, mean, typify, hold still for, represent, destine, stand for, imply, symbolise, specify, have in mind, designate, think, correspond, think of, symbolize

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. intendverb

    mean, design, purpose, meditate, contemplate, COMPASS, propose to one's self, have in view, think of, aim at, drive at

  2. intendverb

    mean, purpose, design, have the intention, propose to one's self

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. intendverb

    design, purpose, propose, contemplate, plan

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "intend":

    intent, intention, hear, intended

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How to use intend in a sentence?

  1. Bob Menendez:

    My focus is to get a deal of some sort : I am not looking to bypass [ bipartisan negotiations ] and go to reconciliation, but I don't intend to go home with nothing in my hand.

  2. Ira Mehlman:

    It’s a huge danger. The numbers make it difficult to do the kinds of vetting that’s necessary and just the circumstances in Islamic State-occupied Syria and other countries, it’s impossible to do the big checks necessary, all while we have ISIS and other groups telling us they intend to infiltrate operatives through the refugee process.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    It means that, for the next set of presidential candidates ... when they start asking for votes, the first question should be, 'Do you really intend to deport 11 million people?'.

  4. White House:

    We intend to pursue all available options to address this meritless ruling and to defend this Nation's borders.

  5. Jake Lemmon:

    It's very early in the case and no conclusions can be drawn at this time based upon the lack of investigation that has happened thus far, we intend to do a thorough investigation and present mitigation to the district attorney's office at the appropriate time.

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