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 The stakes for sports could intensify in the fall, however, if the NFL and college football go ahead as planned. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As sports return, experts fear leagues will use up scarce COVID-19 testing resources," 13 July 2020 The pandemic also could intensify in the fall and winter, when hospitals typically have fewer available beds because of an increase in patients from the seasonal flu. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Field hospital in West Allis, costing more than $15 million, unneeded so far but still seen as a wise precaution," 8 July 2020 These dueling high-powered endorsements will only intensify the divisiveness of what has been a remarkably vitriolic GOP match-up. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Cruz and Trump on opposite sides of congressional runoff battle," 4 July 2020 The investment could intensify questions over Treasury’s handling of hundreds of billions in taxpayer aid at a pivotal moment for the U.S. economy. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "In unusual deal, U.S. Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan," 1 July 2020 Social distancing, seat limitations, intensify creating protocols, employee health procedures, contactless ticketing, mobile food and beverage ordering. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "AMC Theatres CEO says he'll wear a mask when he goes back to the movies," 19 June 2020 Individual and government efforts to blunt the pandemic’s spread must intensify to prevent a deeper or extended downturn, economists said. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling," 11 July 2020 The investment could intensify questions over Treasury’s handling of hundreds of billions in taxpayer aid at a pivotal moment for the US economy. Jeff Stein, BostonGlobe.com, "US Treasury to acquire 30 percent of trucking company in exchange for $700 million loan," 1 July 2020 The law is set to change Hong Kong in exactly the way the protesters have feared—yet many of them almost welcome it, willing China to intensify its crackdown in hopes of triggering international punishment. Mary Hui, Quartz, "“Laam Caau:” The high-stakes game that Hong Kong protesters are waging with China," 30 June 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 11 Aug. 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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