intensify

verb
in·​ten·​si·​fy | \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce intensify (audio) \
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 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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In Thailand and Vietnam, officials have intensified crackdowns on critical media. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Editor Critical of Duterte Government Is Arrested for Libel," 13 Feb. 2019 The images beaming out of the U.S.-Mexico border — migrants storming barricades, children gagging on tear gas — have intensified the debate regarding the Trump administration’s bare-knuckled approach to immigration. Kyle Swenson, The Seattle Times, "Ammon Bundy breaks with Trump on anti-migrant rhetoric: ‘It’s all fear-based’," 28 Nov. 2018 Since the start of the year, the Taliban have intensified their attacks. Washington Post, "Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks," 11 July 2018 From San Diego County to Santa Cruz, local disputes have intensified over how many more seawalls to build to fend off rising waters — and who will pay to maintain them each year. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Southern California's coastal communities could lose 130 feet of cliffs this century as sea levels rise," 27 June 2018 And diversity efforts in general have intensified among Boston medical institutions since the Globe Spotlight team published a series on race in December. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "In an about-face, hospital will disperse portraits of past white male luminaries, put the focus on diversity," 14 June 2018 Back-to-back storms, first Aletta and now, Bud, have rapidly intensified, transforming from tropical storms to major hurricanes in just a day's time. Jason Samenow, chicagotribune.com, "Bud becomes second straight Pacific storm to explode into a major hurricane," 11 June 2018 Taiwan’s advocates in Washington have intensified calls for more U.S. support as President Donald Trump confronts China on a range of trade and security issues. Keith Zhai, Bloomberg.com, "As U.S. Confronts China on Trade, Taiwan Tensions Quietly Build," 3 June 2018 The questions have intensified after hedge fund manager David Tepper is set to become the second owner of the team. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte has budgeted millions for second round of stadium renovations | Charlotte Observer," 15 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 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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