Simple Definition of intense
: very great in degree : very strong
: done with or showing great energy, enthusiasm, or effort
of a person : very serious
Full Definition of intense
1 a : existing in an extreme degree <the excitement was intense> <intense pain> b : having or showing a characteristic in extreme degree <intense colors>
2 : marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration <intense effort>
3 a : exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose <an intense student> b : deeply felt
Examples of intense
He shielded his eyes from the intense flash of light.
She has an intense dislike for her husband's friend.
After many years of intense study, he received his medical degree.
School reform is a subject of intense debate.
The work requires intense concentration.
He was an intense young man who was very determined to do well in school.
Origin of intense
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intensus, from past participle of intendere to stretch out
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of intense
1a: existing in an extreme degree <intense anxiety>b: extremely marked or pronounced <a neurodermatitis with intense itching and burning of the skin—H. G. Armstrong>c: very large or considerable <intense radiation>
2a: feeling deeply especially by nature or temperamentb: deeply felt <intense emotions>
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