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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Since global demand for launching larger satellites into higher orbits is stagnant and likely to shrink over the next two or three years, competition for the lower end of the satellite market is bound to intensify. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "SpaceX Launches 19th Rocket in a Year, a Company Record," 3 Dec. 2018 This was expected to intensify over the summer, but recent reports have suggested the opposite. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Is the housing market starting to cool off?," 2 Aug. 2018 For example, the new FV3 model does not have the problem the GFS model did with over-intensifying most tropical cyclones or sometimes generating tropical systems with two centers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NOAA is about to make some big changes to its global weather model," 24 Oct. 2018 Up and down the coast, residents were rushing to ready emergency kits, map out escape routes and secure their homes in preparation for the onslaught of rain and wind the intensifying storm is expected to bring. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence updated to Category 4 as it barrels toward Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic states," 13 Sep. 2018 To achieve the holographic no-makeup makeup look, makeup artists started off by brushing Ultimate Taupe from the Mothership I: Subliminal Palette all over the lid as an intensifying base. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Made Holographic No-Makeup Makeup Happen at the Anna Sui Spring 2019 Show," 11 Sep. 2018 But this time the supportive harmonies are thick with intensifying intervals and pungent bits. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 The senior administration official blamed China for the intensifying commercial conflict between two nations that account for roughly 40% of the global economy. Danielle Paquette, latimes.com, "U.S. proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports," 11 July 2018 At a time when traditional media is under fire from autocrats around the globe, the intensifying effort against El Nacional illustrates how some governments are going to new lengths to silence dissent. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "As it slides toward authoritarianism, Venezuela targets one of its last independent newspapers," 6 July 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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