intensify

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

Definition of intensify

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The White House steps up pressure on China, Betsy DeVos redistributes the wealth (to the wealthy, her education opponents argue) and the mask wars intensify. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Pompeo Hits Out at China," 28 May 2020 The first recorded fatality from the coronavirus in the United States, that of a man in his 50s in Washington state whose death was confirmed on Feb. 29, intensified concerns about the outbreak. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "With 100,000 dead from coronavirus, U.S. sees its promise and flaws far more clearly," 27 May 2020 Zoom calls have replaced in-person team meetings and more routine scheduling, which can intensify the shock value when life-changing news occurs. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Central Michigan track athletes: We were 'blindsided' by program cuts," 23 May 2020 But advocates say there are signs that fears of contagion are intensifying for the more than 26,000 detainees in ICE custody and the guards charged with protecting them -- and that tensions are boiling over. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Pepper spray. Hunger strikes. Tensions are rising in immigrant detention centers," 22 May 2020 Since then, there has been a steady decline amid deepening political divisions and intensifying anti-government rhetoric. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Crisis exposes how America has hollowed out its government," 17 May 2020 Spahr’s focus on wealth-transfer strategies intensified in the early 1990s, after Fred Trump, a detail-minded workaholic, began suffering from poor health and dementia. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020 Boston’s transit authority has also intensified sanitation work and is cleaning frequently touched surfaces in subway stations every four hours. Ryan Beene, Bloomberg.com, "Subways, Airports in Costly Rush to Clean Amid Virus Threat," 12 May 2020 The move not only undoes one of the most high-profile cases brought by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III but also intensifies the debate over whether Trump is improperly influencing criminal prosecutions. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Justice or not for Flynn?," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of intensify

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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31 May 2020

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“Intensify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensify. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for intensify

intensify

verb
How to pronounce intensify (audio)

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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