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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The findings suggest that the five-day rainfall event will continue to intensify under future warming. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 16 Sep. 2022 Drought, wildfires and lack of affordable housing are issues that continue to intensify in California. Eliana Perez, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2022 Climate change will continue to intensify heat waves and droughts. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2022 This will continue to intensify the flash drought which worsened this past week across the Great Plains and Mississippi Valley, according to the latest US Drought monitor report released Thursday morning. Judson Jones, CNN, 29 July 2022 As the protests continue to intensify and spread, U.S. President Joe Biden has stayed on the sidelines and not personally weighed in on the revolts against the clerical regime. Fox News, 31 May 2022 As the climate heats up further, the increasing atmospheric thirst will continue to intensify drought stress, with consequences for water availability, long-lasting and intense heat stress, and large-scale ecosystem transformation. Imtiaz Rangwala, The Conversation, 19 May 2022 Scientists have long warned that this whiplash would become more common as the consequences of a warming planet continue to intensify. Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 Chrome users be warned, the attacks on Chrome continue to intensify and Google has now confirmed two more critical hacks. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 26 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for intensify

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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