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Synonyms for intend

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intend, mean, think(verb)

    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, specify(verb)

    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, intend(verb)

    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 for(verb)

    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


  1. intend(verb)

    mean, foremind

  2. intend(verb)

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

    foremind, mean

  3. intend(verb)

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

    mean, foremind

  4. intend(verb)

    To stretch to extend; distend.

    mean, foremind

  5. intend(verb)

    To strain; make tense.

    mean, foremind

  6. intend(verb)

    To intensify; strengthen.

    mean, foremind

  7. intend(verb)

    To apply with energy.

    mean, foremind

  8. intend(verb)

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

    foremind, mean

  9. intend(verb)

    To design mechanically or artistically; fashion; mold.

    foremind, mean

  10. intend(verb)

    To pretend; counterfeit; simulate.

    mean, foremind

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. intend(v. a.)

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

  2. intend(v. n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. intend(v)

    design, purpose, propose, contemplate, plan

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    intent, intention, hear, intended

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How to use intend in a sentence?

  1. Yoshinori Shigemi:

    While the market was left with uncertainty on how far the yuan will fall, the Chinese central bank's action was taken as a signal that it does not intend to keep allowing the yuan to fall.

  2. Pannada Diskul:

    I've told the ambassador that the director did not intend to offend anyone, the director had decided to make changes to the film even before it made news to ease everybody's concerns. The ambassador understands this well.

  3. Kiana Garrity:

    Mr. Mosley was a youth counselor -- a subordinate -- while others on scene were superior personnel, lakeside officials have released a version of events -- multiple times to the media -- that deflects responsibility from their own employee policies and procedures. They have attempted to control the narrative but we intend to show the entire truth surrounding the instruction and training of their youth counselors.

  4. Steven Bohlen:

    Thus far, testing of water supply wells by the State Water Resources Control Board has revealed no contamination of water used for drinking or agricultural purposes related to underground injection by the oil and gas industry. We intend to keep it that way.

  5. White House counsel Pat Cipollone:

    We don't believe that they have come anywhere close to meeting their burden for what they're asking you to do, in fact, we believe that when you hear the facts, and that's what we intend to cover today -- the facts -- you will find that The President did absolutely nothing wrong.

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