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intend (something) as (something)

To aim or plan for something to act as something in particular. I think she intended this measly card as a birthday gift—how rude.
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intend something as something

to mean something to serve as something. We intend this money as a gift. Do not even think about paying it back. This money is intended as a gift.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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