in·​ten·​si·​fi·​er | \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce intensifier (audio) \

Definition of intensifier

: one that intensifies especially : intensive

Examples of intensifier in a Sentence

“So” can function as an intensifier, as in “I'm so tired.”
Recent Examples on the Web The years leading to the Civil War, and the war itself, were political intensifiers; radicalism was rewarded and could be made to pay. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation," 12 Mar. 2020 The weapon also has a full length Picatinny rail to mount optics, image intensifiers, and other aiming tools. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military Really Wants This New Sniper Rifle," 28 Feb. 2020 Under this scenario there is no vacancy but there still would be a considerable intensifier for Democratic voters. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Will a justice delayed be a justice denied?," 19 Sep. 2018 Thermal technology Image intensifier systems work fine outdoors, where there’s almost always a bit of starlight or other ambient light to work with. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Seeing in the Dark: The History of Night Vision," 19 May 2017 Branden Baker, 34, acknowledges stealing more than 50 image intensifiers and other night vision equipment from Marine Helicopter Squadron One. Leada Gore,, "Here's the job Alabamians Google the most," 30 May 2017 In such an ecology, the only possible intensifier is a curse word. Henry Alford, New York Times, "I’m Not O.K. Neither Are You. Who Cares?," 11 Mar. 2017 Dan Tran Dang, Liem Duc Huynh and George Kgoc Bui allegedly (.pdf) set up a Huntington Beach company called Professional Security for the sole purchase of buying the coveted AN/PVS-7 image intensifiers, made by ITT. Kevin Poulsen, WIRED, "Fed Blotter: Three Charged with International Bank Trojan Scheme," 5 Dec. 2008

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First Known Use of intensifier

1835, in the meaning defined above

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“Intensifier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intensifier

grammar : a word (such as really or very) that gives force or emphasis to a statement

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