Definition of intensify
intensificationplay \in-ˌten(t)s-fə-ˈkā-shən, -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
Recent Examples of intensify from the Web
The capital’s fixation will likely intensify next week when Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open hearing on June 8—the former FBI director’s first public remarks since his dramatic ouster last month.
A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday — the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smart phones.
The two neighbors have intensified military cooperation and also forged closer ties with the military alliance without outright joining NATO.
While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.
While overseas, Trump’s longtime attorney, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates’ potential involvement.
As the Vietnam War intensified, Allman decided to find a way to avoid the draft.
A U.S. campaign of drone strikes targeting the group has intensified in the past few months.
The British authorities intensified their search on Thursday for possible accomplices of the Manchester bomber, as questions emerged about whether more could have been done to prevent the country’s deadliest terrorist attack since 2005.
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First Known Use of intensify
INTENSIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intensify for English Language Learners
: to become stronger or more extreme : to become more intense
: to make (something) stronger or more extreme : to make (something) more intense
INTENSIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of intensify for Students
: to make or become stronger or more extreme Sunlight poured through the windows, intensifying the heat. — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean
Medical Definition of intensify
transitive verb: to make intense or more intensive
2a: to increase the density and contrast of (a photographic image) by special treatmentb: 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
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