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 rules surrounding Esper’s nomination have helped unleash a dizzying game of musical chairs at the Pentagon and intensified uncertainty in the department’s most senior ranks. Washington Post, "Pentagon transition plan underscores leadership upheaval," 10 July 2019 Education policy makers and reformers have generally not questioned this approach and in fact, by elevating the importance of reading scores, have intensified it. Natalie Wexler, The Atlantic, "Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong," 9 July 2019 Oakland — like many urban, suburban and rural communities in California — is experiencing an extraordinarily difficult homelessness crisis, alongside intensifying gentrification that has had an acute impact on black residents. Erica Browne, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Hospitals need to address Oakland’s homeless black men," 9 July 2019 As the launch drew near and the astronauts received specific assignments, their training in northern Arizona intensified. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Apollo 11 anniversary: How northern Arizona helped put men on the moon," 9 July 2019 As Juve go through the gears in the transfer window, the pressure intensifies on Inter to find the right characters to match the Old Lady. SI.com, "Romelu Lukaku: Why Inter Should Steer Clear of the Belgian Forward This Summer," 9 July 2019 The 40-room, much-acclaimed retreat on the waterside at a pretty bend in Lake Austin has deepened its culinary offerings and intensified its water workouts, including yoga on the lake lotus, an eight-station interconnected floating docking station. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Time to spa-tify: Wind down in style at Miraval Austin," 8 July 2019 In this scenario, the trend continues and intensifies. Anchorage Daily News, "Why NBC’s takeback of ‘The Office’ could be the beginning of consumer chaos," 7 July 2019 And when breakout star Rose Lavelle found the back of the net eight minutes later, the cheers intensified. Parth Upadhyaya, The Denver Post, "“Everybody wins today”: Fans celebrate exciting FIFA Women’s World Cup final at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of intensify

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of intensify was in 1817

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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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