intense

adjective
in·​tense | \ in-ˈten(t)s \

Definition of intense 

1a : 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
3a : exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose an intense student
b : deeply felt

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Other Words from intense

intensely adverb
intenseness noun

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.
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The ire that swirled around Jeong was deeply intense, and arguably far more widespread than the anger directed at Gunn. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the Kevin Hart Oscars backlash is different from other recent public shamings," 5 Jan. 2019 This line of research sets out the intriguing possibility that enjoyment of intense physical experiences such as riding on roller coasters may reflect individual differences in brain chemistry. Richard Stephens, Smithsonian, "The History and Psychology of Roller Coasters," 12 July 2018 The competition for usable land will only get more intense. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Land Conflict Has Long Been a Problem in Nigeria. Here’s How Climate Change Is Making It Worse," 28 June 2018 Since then, Israeli and Polish representatives have conducted months of intense, quiet dialogue that culminated in the changes to the law. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Yad Vashem Rebukes Israeli and Polish Governments Over Holocaust Law," 5 July 2018 Social Media — Reuters Two months after warning that the 2018 hurricane season was going to be an intense one, forecasters have revised their model and now say it’s actually going to be a bit light. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Not Expected to Be as Bad as Forecasters Originally Predicted," 5 July 2018 Trump’s presence highlighted the divisions of the race, as well as the broader fault lines of American politics that have grown more intense over this year’s midterms. Matt Viser, The Seattle Times, "Democrats work to energize African Americans in Mississippi Senate runoff," 26 Nov. 2018 Facebook’s war has only grown more intense since Zuckerberg made those remarks. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 Why the more-intense-than-usual reaction to a celebrity engagement? Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, "Just Like Ariana & Pete, These Real Couples Got Engaged Within Weeks — But Are They Still Together?," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of intense

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for intense

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

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intense

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intense

: very great in degree : very strong

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

of a person : very serious

intense

adjective
in·​tense | \ in-ˈtens \

Kids Definition of intense

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

Other Words from intense

intensely adverb

intense

adjective
in·​tense | \ in-ˈten(t)s \

Medical Definition of intense 

1a : 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
2a : feeling deeply especially by nature or temperament
b : deeply felt intense emotions

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intensely adverb

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