Definition of intense
1a : existing in an extreme degree the excitement was intense intense painb : having or showing a characteristic in extreme degree intense colors
2 : marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration intense effort
3a : exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose an intense studentb : deeply felt
Examples of intense in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of intense from the Web
The attacks underscore the intense violence still plaguing the battered nation and the perils that will remain even after IS militants are pushed out of Mosul.
The intense rivalry played a part in Benfica investing in its complex after years of coaching kids in fields dispersed across Lisbon.
Such chain reactions generate intense bursts of deadly radiation, and over the last half-century have claimed nearly two dozen lives.
In the haryali chicken even the bird's breast presents as silky and tender amid the intense flavors of green chile and cilantro.
Using a solar array for a craft heading to the sun sounds obvious, but figuring out how to keep the panels from being destroyed in the intense heat is more complicated.
Texas is apparently obsessed with an intense green shade called Park Picnic that has nothing to do with its mascots or flag colors.
There are plenty examples of buyers pushing prices up amid intense competition.
The Last Knight ☆ (out of five) Director: Michael Bay Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro Rated: PG-13 (violence and intense sequences of sci-fi action, language, and some innuendo) Running time: 149 min.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INTENSE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Medical Definition of intense
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
2a: feeling deeply especially by nature or temperamentb: deeply felt intense emotions
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