intensifier

noun

in·​ten·​si·​fi·​er in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce intensifier (audio)
: 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 subject matter turns persistently to the cabaret and circus, which are intensifiers of life, especially its precariousness and absurdity. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 Swear words might be used today as an intensifier in language, or to express emotions like anger or even joy. Luke Taylor, Discover Magazine, 4 Nov. 2020 Fermentation, a surefire intensifier, is a focus for many chefs these days, especially those working without meat. Ted Loos, Robb Report, 26 Nov. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, AL.com, 30 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intensifier was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Intensifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensifier. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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