intense

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adjective in·tense \in-ˈten(t)s\

Definition of intense

  1. 1a :  existing in an extreme degree the excitement was intense intense painb :  having or showing a characteristic in extreme degree intense colors

  2. 2 :  marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration intense effort

  3. 3a :  exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose an intense studentb :  deeply felt

intensely

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intenseness

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Examples of intense in a Sentence

  1. He shielded his eyes from the intense flash of light.

  2. She has an intense dislike for her husband's friend.

  3. After many years of intense study, he received his medical degree.

  4. School reform is a subject of intense debate.

  5. The work requires intense concentration.

  6. He was an intense young man who was very determined to do well in school.

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Origin and Etymology of intense

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intensus, from past participle of intendere to stretch out


INTENSE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of intense for English Language Learners

  • : very great in degree : very strong

  • : done with or showing great energy, enthusiasm, or effort

  • of a person : very serious


INTENSE Defined for Kids

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adjective in·tense \in-ˈtens\

Definition of intense for Students

  1. 1 :  very great in degree :  extreme intense heat

  2. 2 :  done with great energy, enthusiasm, or effort intense concentration

  3. 3 :  having very strong feelings an intense person

intensely

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Medical Dictionary

intense

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adjective in·tense \in-ˈten(t)s\

Medical Definition of intense

  1. 1a:  existing in an extreme degree intense anxietyb:  extremely marked or pronounced a neurodermatitis with intense itching and burning of the skin—H. G. Armstrongc:  very large or considerable intense radiation

  2. 2a:  feeling deeply especially by nature or temperamentb:  deeply felt intense emotions

intensely

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