October 22, 2013
- intend (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to have in mind as a purpose or aim : plan
- How do you use it?
- "I've never known a Trumpeter Swan to need a trumpet, but your case is different. I intend to get you what you need." (E. B. White, _The Trumpet of the Swan_)
- Are you a word wiz?
We intend to tell you more about "intend"—specifically about other meanings the word has. Which of the following do you think is one of them?This statement is intended to be an explanation: "intend" can mean "to want something to express a particular meaning." "Intend" has the Latin word "tendere," meaning "stretch" at its root. A number of words you're likely familiar with also trace back to "tendere," including "pretend," "attend," and "extend." Another "tendere" word has to do with stretching in a physical way: a "tendon" is a tough piece of tissue in your body that connects a muscle to a bone. Without tendons, you wouldn't be able to stretch out your arms or legs.