in·tend / inˈtend/ • v. [tr.] 1. have (a course of action) as one's purpose or objective; plan: the company intends to cut about 4,500 jobs | it is intended that coverage shall be worldwide. ∎ plan that (something) function in a particular way: a series of questions intended as a checklist. ∎ plan that speech should have (a particular meaning): no offense was intended, I assure you.2. design or destine (someone or something) for a particular purpose or end: pigs intended for human consumption | a one-room cottage intended to accommodate a family. ∎ (be intended for) be meant or designed for (a particular person or group) to have or use: this benefit is intended for people incapable of work.DERIVATIVES: in·tend·er n.