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1intensive

adjective in·ten·sive \in-ˈten(t)-siv\

: involving very great effort or work

grammar : giving force or emphasis to a statement

of farming : designed to increase production without using more land

Full Definition of INTENSIVE

:  of, relating to, or marked by intensity or intensification: as
a :  highly concentrated <intensive study>
b :  tending to strengthen or increase; especially :  tending to give force or emphasis <intensive adverb>
c :  constituting or relating to a method designed to increase productivity by the expenditure of more capital and labor rather than by increase in scope <intensive farming>
in·ten·sive·ly adverb
in·ten·sive·ness noun
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Examples of INTENSIVE

  1. an intensive course in business writing
  2. <an intensive effort to prevent an adult bookstore from opening in town>

First Known Use of INTENSIVE

15th century

2intensive

noun

Definition of INTENSIVE

:  an intensive linguistic element

First Known Use of INTENSIVE

1813

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with INTENSIVE

INTENSIVELY Defined for Kids

1intensive

adjective in·ten·sive \in-ˈten-siv\

Definition of INTENSIVE for Kids

1
:  involving special effort or concentration <intensive study>
2
:  giving emphasis <The pronoun “myself” in “I myself did it” is intensive.>

2intensive

noun

Definition of INTENSIVE for Kids

:  a word that emphasizes or stresses something <“Quite” is an intensive in “quite a musician.”>
Medical Dictionary

intensive

adjective in·ten·sive \in-ˈten(t)-siv\

Medical Definition of INTENSIVE

:  of, relating to, or marked by intensity; especially :  involving the use of large doses or substances having great therapeutic activity—compare aggressive 3
in·ten·sive·ly adverb

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