intensify

verb
in·ten·si·fy | \in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī \
intensified; intensifying

Definition of intensify 

transitive verb

1 : to make intense or more intensive : strengthen

2a : to increase the density and contrast of (a photographic image) by chemical treatment

b : to make more acute : sharpen

intransitive verb

: to become intense or more intensive : grow stronger or more acute

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Other Words from intensify

intensification \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
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Read More Aldi’s $3.4 billion plan will intensify Charlotte’s low-cost grocery competition Aldi is Charlotte’s No. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Low-cost German grocer to open two more Charlotte-area stores," 11 July 2018 James Steyer, the founder of Common Sense Media and one of the bill’s backers, says the new law will intensify pressure on Congress, which has failed for decades to enact laws that protect the privacy of consumers. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "California lawmakers pass tough online privacy rules that could be a model for other states," 28 June 2018 The need to develop better treatments for neurological diseases is dire and will intensify. Allan Hugh Cole Jr., STAT, "Finding new treatments for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s shouldn’t be up to pharma alone," 26 June 2018 Forecasters say a high pressure ridge is moving into the area, bringing with it heat and humidity that will intensify Friday. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "The weekend weather in New Orleans? Three letters: H-O-T," 31 May 2018 Although there are plenty of elementary and middle schools with space to accommodate hundreds of students throughout the Greater Downtown area, the need for a high school will intensify in the next few years. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "More people than ever live in downtown Miami — and they're starting to raise families," 29 May 2018 The move follows weeks of an intensifying campaign of intimidation by the Sudanese government, activists told CNN. Nima Elbagir And Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Bites and a broken bed: New details in case of Sudan teen who killed rapist husband," 24 May 2018 Robertson said that the pipeline will not be built because local opposition will only intensify and because Canada needs to get off of fossil fuels. Kevin Orland, Bloomberg.com, "Alberta Ramps Up Kinder Fight With Ad Campaign, Oil Cutoff Law," 11 May 2018 Following a story by ESPN detailing the Spurs’ relationship with Leonard, the possibility of a trade will only intensify around the NBA. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "For Leonard’s camp, trade discussions non-existent as NBA chatter continues," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of intensify

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 \
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 \
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 \ noun

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