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 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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Recent Examples on the Web His layup with 3:24 left cut the Alabama lead to 75-70 as the nerves intensified in a packed arena. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "One-handed Herb sparks Alabama in wild win over LSU," 15 Feb. 2020 Venezuela is engulfed in political unrest as protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro has intensified in recent months following inflation and the exodus of many Venezuelans. Fox News, "Which countries are considered the most corrupt?," 6 Feb. 2020 The Democrats’ primary fight intensified in New Hampshire on Wednesday as Biden took aim at both Iowa front-runners. Steve Peoples, BostonGlobe.com, "Iowa Democrats release a new batch of results," 5 Feb. 2020 The pass needs to be thrown when Kyron’s defender comes to stop me.’’ Security was intensified for spectators in the wake of a fatal shooting that occurred in the first meeting of the teams on Jan. 11 at Ellis Davis Field House. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, "In first meeting since fatal January shooting, Kimball outlasts South Oak Cliff in overtime thriller," 5 Feb. 2020 As the war intensified in the late 1960s and ’70s, American officials carpet bombed Laos and Cambodia and tortured and assassinated Vietcong leaders in the name of defeating Communism. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Americans Demand a Rethinking of the ‘Forever War’," 2 Feb. 2020 That means corporate concern over Brexit will likely intensify in the months ahead as those deadlines near, said Simon Hart, Brexit lead partner at business advisory firm RSM UK Group LLP. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Companies Brace for Bumps on Brexit Homestretch," 2 Feb. 2020 Storms could intensify in the evening and overnight hours, NWS says. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston in for a wet and soggy Wednesday; up to 2 inches of rain possible," 22 Jan. 2020 In 1918, for example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose as the Spanish flu intensified, just as World War I was nearing its end. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "What the Stock Market May Be Missing About the Coronavirus," 2 Feb. 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 23 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for intensify

intensify

verb
How to pronounce intensify (audio)

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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