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 wild card, if there is one, is that this will be the most intense judicial confirmation fight since the all-consuming battle over Clarence Thomas in 1991. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s Hands," 10 July 2018 Only time will tell if the competition stays that friendly or becomes more intense for the singer in the next round. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Contestants Spill All the Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of the Show," 10 July 2018 But this time is the most intense anyone can remember. Kevin Sullivan, star-telegram, "In this Texas border town, immigration isn’t a problem — it’s a way of life," 7 July 2018 Many Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico, were devastated by intense storms during last year’s hurricane season, which officially lasts from June 1 until November 30. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Hurricane Beryl Is Officially the First Atlantic Hurricane of the Year. Here's Where it's Headed," 6 July 2018 During the hot Italian summer, Ernest Hemingway will accumulate the most intense experiences of his life. Robert R. Garnett, WSJ, "A Lost Love Gave Us Hemingway’s Spare Prose," 6 July 2018 Most people recover on their own, but some require more intense medical care. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Another dust-storm season, another reminder about valley fever," 6 July 2018 So, when the extended dry spell hit, soil became loose and was swept away by intense dust storms that blotted out the sun. Emily Hopkins, Cincinnati.com, "Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that," 4 July 2018 And in a time of intense political division, social media is magnifying the confrontations. Mary Jordan, BostonGlobe.com, "Shaming and shunning of public officials is no longer off limits," 25 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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