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 intensify (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 We’ve observed higher than historical temperatures in the basin, which creates the environment for events to intensify. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "Climate Emergency Stymies Forecasts of Local Disaster Risks," 16 Apr. 2021 The point of such campaigns isn’t merely to pass laws that would intensify anti-trans discrimination, whether that’s in education or health care or across the board. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Republican Disinformation Campaign Behind Arkansas’s Vile Anti-Trans Law," 31 Mar. 2021 Protest slogans rang out as about 1,000 people gathered outside a Hong Kong court on Monday for the hearing of 47 democracy activists charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, as authorities intensify a crackdown on the opposition. NBC News, "Hong Kong activists chant protest slogans as crowds gather for subversion hearing," 1 Mar. 2021 The challenge of managing and taming the nation’s water supplies — whether in streets and homes, or in vast rivers and watersheds — is growing increasingly complex as storms intensify. New York Times, "Texas Blackouts Point to Coast-to-Coast Crises Waiting to Happen," 20 Feb. 2021 The standoff comes as Brexit talks with the European Union intensify over fish, a politically sensitive issue over which France is playing hard ball. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "Isolated U.K. Seeks to Reopen Trade Route After Days of Chaos," 21 Dec. 2020 Expect the Portland Trail Blazers’ level of play to intensify this week at Denver starting Wednesday night with the first of two preseason games against the Nuggets. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets: Preseason game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 16 Dec. 2020 Others expect the cash drain to intensify again in January when institutional investors rebalance portfolios. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Reclusive Billionaire’s Bond Bets Backfire," 13 Dec. 2020 Having extremely low areas of wind shear allowed several storms to intensify easily and quickly. Allison Chinchar And Haley Brink, CNN, "Historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of intensify

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Intensify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensify. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 intensify (audio) \ noun

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