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
  1. verb
    have in mind as a purpose
    synonyms: 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
  2. verb
    design or destine
    “She was intended to become the director”
    synonyms: 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
  3. verb
    mean or intend to express or convey
    “what do his words intend?”
    synonyms: mean
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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
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    make known; pass on, of information
  4. verb
    denote or connote
    synonyms: 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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