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verb [transitive]     intend pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleintending
past tenseintended
past participleintended
  1. 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 doing something:

    I intend using the report as evidence to support my case.

    fully intend doing something/to do something:

    He had fully intended to tell her exactly what had happened.

    intend someone something:

    She felt certain that he intended her no harm.

    intend that:

    It is intended that formal discussions should commence in the near future.

  2. 2
    to want something to have a particular meaning
    intend no offence/disrespect:

    I’m sorry – no offence was intended.

    intend something as something:

    Perhaps it was intended as a joke.

    intend something by something:

    She wondered what he intended by that statement.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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