intensify

verb
in·​ten·​si·​fy | \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce intensify (audio) \
intensified; intensifying

Definition of intensify

transitive verb

1 : to make intense or more intensive : strengthen
2a : to increase the density and contrast of (a photographic image) by chemical treatment
b : to make more acute : sharpen

intransitive verb

: to become intense or more intensive : grow stronger or more acute

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Other Words from intensify

intensification \ in-​ˌten(t)s-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce intensification (audio) , -​ˌten(t)-​sə-​ \ noun

Examples of intensify in a Sentence

We could hear the wind howling outside as the storm intensified. They intensified their efforts to increase sales. an intensified search for survivors
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The detention of several Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015 intensified worries about the erosion of Hong Kong's rule of law. Fox News, "Hundreds protest outside Hong Kong government headquarters before debate on extradition law," 12 June 2019 The detention of several Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015 intensified worries about the erosion of Hong Kong’s rule of law. Washington Post, "Q&A: Why bill proposed in Hong Kong set off huge protests," 11 June 2019 The police intensified attacks on gang territory, forming special battalions, and were backed by more than seven thousand troops. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 The Camp Fire intensified a crisis for PG&E, which had already been blamed for causing several disastrous fires in 2017, and employees in the fire zone had to reckon with the immediate fallout. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "At PG&E, a workforce on edge — and under attack — as fire season arrives," 9 June 2019 But the dismissal of her top deputy intensified her feud with Bevin’s administration over shake-ups in her office. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 The College Board's disclosure of those plans in May intensified scrutiny of a perennially controversial organization in the education world. The Washington Post, nola.com, "SAT’s new adversity score system faces its own adversity," 4 June 2019 The storm intensified rapidly, going from a Category 1 on the morning of Oct. 8 to a Category 5 at landfall just over 48 hours later. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Scientists Upgrade October’s Hurricane Michael to Category 5 Storm," 19 Apr. 2019 Recent political shifts at home and abroad intensified the need for action. Ian Malone, Vogue, "This Year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event Unfolded in Spectacular Fashion," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of intensify

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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intensify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of intensify

: to become stronger or more extreme : to become more intense
: to make (something) stronger or more extreme : to make (something) more intense

intensify

verb
in·​ten·​si·​fy | \ in-ˈten-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce intensify (audio) \
intensified; intensifying

Kids Definition of intensify

: to make or become stronger or more extreme Sunlight poured through the windows, intensifying the heat.— Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean

intensify

verb
in·​ten·​si·​fy | \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce intensify (audio) \
intensified; intensifying

Medical Definition of intensify

transitive verb

1 : to make intense or more intensive
2a : to increase the density and contrast of (a photographic image) by special treatment
b : to make more acute use of illicit drugs intensified the patient's condition

intransitive verb

: to become intense or more intensive : grow stronger or more acute the sore throat, headache, and fever intensified as the disease progressed

Other Words from intensify

intensification \ -​ˌten(t)s-​(ə-​)fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce intensification (audio) \ noun

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