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intensify

verb in·ten·si·fy \in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī\

: to become stronger or more extreme : to become more intense

: to make (something) stronger or more extreme : to make (something) more intense

in·ten·si·fiedin·ten·si·fy·ing

Full Definition of INTENSIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to make intense or more intensive :  strengthen
2
a :  to increase the density and contrast of (a photographic image) by chemical treatment
b :  to make more acute :  sharpen
intransitive verb
:  to become intense or more intensive :  grow stronger or more acute
in·ten·si·fi·ca·tion \-ˌten(t)s-fə-ˈkā-shən, -ˌten(t)-sə-\ noun
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Examples of INTENSIFY

  1. We could hear the wind howling outside as the storm intensified.
  2. They intensified their efforts to increase sales.
  3. an intensified search for survivors

First Known Use of INTENSIFY

1817
INTENSIFY Defined for Kids

intensify

verb in·ten·si·fy \in-ˈten-sə-ˌfī\
in·ten·si·fiedin·ten·si·fy·ing

Definition of INTENSIFY for Kids

:  to make or become stronger or more extreme <Sunlight poured through the windows, intensifying the heat. — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>
Medical Dictionary

intensify

verb in·ten·si·fy \in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī\
in·ten·si·fiedin·ten·si·fy·ing

Medical Definition of INTENSIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to make intense or more intensive
2
a :  to increase the density and contrast of (a photographic image) by special treatment b :  to make more acute <use of illicit drugs intensified the patient's condition>
intransitive verb
:  to become intense or more intensive :  grow stronger or more acute <the sore throat, headache, and fever intensified as the disease progressed>
in·ten·si·fi·ca·tion \-ˌten(t)s-(ə-)fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

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