intense

adjective

in·​tense in-ˈten(t)s How to pronounce intense (audio)
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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Falcons are even more formidable this year, rushing for 3,700 yards in 11 games, so the focus on the Falcons backfield will be even more intense. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 In a sign of how intense the ground battle has been, the U.S. to date has provided 104 million rounds of small arms ammunition to Ukraine. Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2022 But that’s all some of us want to do during the holiday season, when the pressure to be festive is so intense, anyone who doesn’t comply risks being declared a grinch or a Scrooge. Time, 22 Nov. 2022 The following day, the Monday-morning quarterbacking was intense. Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 The college football season is winding down, but the action is as intense as ever. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 People can enjoy art without knowing anything about who made it—but in many cases, the experience really is better, more intense, with context. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2022 Yuriy Ignat said that the air battle between Russia and Ukraine near the Polish border on Tuesday was so intense that dozens of missiles were flying through the air within a matter of minutes. Katerina Ang, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2022 In Mind: This beautifully rich scent is intense and might be too powerful for some. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of intense was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Intense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intense. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

intense

adjective
in·​tense in-ˈten(t)s How to pronounce intense (audio)
1
: existing in an extreme degree
intense pain
2
: done or performed with great zeal, energy, or eagerness
intense study
3
: feeling deeply
an intense actor
intensely adverb
intenseness noun

Medical Definition

intense

adjective
in·​tense in-ˈten(t)s How to pronounce intense (audio)
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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