If you intend to do something, you mean to do it or have it in mind as a goal. Do you plan on getting your holiday cards in the mail before February this year? Then you intend on getting them out early.

The world is full of good intentions, meaning there are lots of people who intend to be nice, eat better, floss more, or pick up their dirty socks. But things don't always go as planned. Your actions could produce results that you didn't expect, specify, or ever intend — that might explain the well-known proverb, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

Definitions of intend

v have in mind as a purpose

mean, think
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intend or have as a purpose
be after, plan
have the will and intention to carry out some action
aim, propose, purport, purpose
propose or intend
think out
consider carefully and rationally
aim, aspire, draw a bead on, shoot for
have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
go for, hope
intend with some possibility of fulfilment

v design or destine

“She was intended to become the director”
designate, destine, specify
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destine or designate for a certain purpose
plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
designate or schedule
aim, calculate, direct
specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
Type of:
make plans for something

v mean or intend to express or convey

“what do his words intend?”
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represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify
express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
convey or express a meaning
import, spell
indicate or signify
direct (a remark) toward an intended goal
aim, drive, get
move into a desired direction of discourse
be, embody, personify
represent, as of a character on stage
epitomise, epitomize, typify
embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of
Type of:
make known; pass on, of information

v denote or connote

mean, signify, stand for
convey or express a meaning
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denote, refer
have as a meaning
convolute, pervert, sophisticate, twist, twist around
practice sophistry; change the meaning of or be vague about in order to mislead or deceive
euphemise, euphemize
refer to something with a euphemism
come back, hark back, recall, return
go back to something earlier
identify, name
give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
refer (a word or name) to a person or thing
speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur
express, state
indicate through a symbol, formula, etc.

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