Definition of intense
- the excitement was intense
- intense pain
- intense colors
- intense effort
- an intense student
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: very great in degree : very strong
: done with or showing great energy, enthusiasm, or effort
of a person : very serious
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