intend


intend
intend
1. Intend is followed in standard usage by a to-infinitive (We intend to go / We intended you to go), by a verbal noun (We intend going), or by a that-clause (We intended that you should go). In the passive, it is followed by for in the meaning ‘be meant or designed for’ (These are intended for children). Non-standard constructions include the type ☒ He didn't intend for Wales to lose, which should be expressed as He didn't intend that Wales should lose, and the informal AmE type Don't pick up a magazine unless you intend on buying it, which should be expressed as Don't pick up a magazine unless you intend buying [or intend to buy] it.
2. The participial form intended, meaning ‘the person one intends to marry’, now sounds a dated and precious genteelism. It may be too late for a natural word to emerge (fiancé(e) is an overt loanword, lover is too explicit and may not always be appropriate, and friend is a patent evasion) now that social attitudes have broadened the terminological base well beyond the conventions of marriage.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Intend — In*tend ([i^]n*t[e^]nd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intending}.] [OE. entenden to be attentive, F. entendre, fr. L. intendre, intentum, and intensum, to intend, attend, stretch out, extend; pref. in in + tendere to stretch …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intend — intend, mean, design, propose, purpose signify to have in mind as an aim, end, or function. Intend implies that the mind is directed to some definite accomplishment or to the achievement of a definite end {if one earnestly intends a conspiracy,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intend — in·tend /in tend/ vt: to have in one s mind as a purpose or goal did not intend to kill her Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. intend …   Law dictionary

  • intend — ► VERB 1) have as one s aim or plan. 2) plan that (something) should be, do, or mean something: the book was intended as a satire. 3) (intend for/to do) design or destine for a particular purpose. 4) (be intended for) be meant for the use of.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Intend — may refer to:* Intendant * Intended reader * Intending cross* Intend Change , a 1999 consulting businessee also* Intent * In * Tend …   Wikipedia

  • intend — [in tend′] vt. [ME entenden < OFr entendre < L intendere, to stretch out for, aim at < in , in, at + tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. to have in mind as a purpose; plan 2. to mean (something) to be or be used (for); design; destine [a… …   English World dictionary

  • intend — (v.) c.1300, direct one s attention to, from O.Fr. entendre, intendre to direct one s attention (in Modern French principally to hear ), from L. intendere turn one s attention, strain, lit. stretch out, extend, from in toward (see IN (Cf. in )… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intend — [v] have in mind; determine add up, aim, appoint, aspire to, attempt, be determined, be resolved, connote, contemplate, decree, dedicate, denote, design, designate, destine, devote, endeavor, essay, expect, express, figure on, have in mind, hope… …   New thesaurus

  • intend */*/*/ — UK [ɪnˈtend] / US verb [transitive] Word forms intend : present tense I/you/we/they intend he/she/it intends present participle intending past tense intended past participle intended 1) to have a plan in your mind to do something intend to do… …   English dictionary

  • intend — in|tend [ ın tend ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to have a plan in your mind to do something: intend to do something: What do you intend to do about this? intend someone/something to do something: I never intended it to turn out like that. intend… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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