intense

adjective in·tense \ in-ˈten(t)s \
Updated on: 16 May 2018
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

intensely

adverb

intenseness

noun

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

intense

  • : very great in degree : very strong

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

  • of a person : very serious


INTENSE Defined for Kids

intense

adjective in·tense \ in-ˈtens \
1 : very great in degree : extreme
  • intense heat
2 : done with great energy, enthusiasm, or effort
  • intense concentration
3 : having very strong feelings
  • an intense person

intensely

adverb

Medical Dictionary

intense

adjective in·tense \ in-ˈten(t)s \
1 a : 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
2 a : feeling deeply especially by nature or temperament
b : deeply felt
  • intense emotions

intensely

adverb


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