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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The North’s testing activity could intensify if the negotiations do not proceed rapidly over the next few months, said Srinivasan Sitaraman, a North Korea expert at Clark University in Massachusetts. Kim Tong-hyung, USA TODAY, "North Korea says it tested crucial new rocket launch system," 1 Aug. 2019 Training camp’s physicality will intensify once pads are allowed Monday. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers training camp: Highlights from Sunday’s practice," 28 July 2019 The country is locked in an endlessly escalating political arms race—often based on conspiracy theories—that will intensify through 2020. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "The Competing Partisan Plot Lines of Robert Mueller’s Testimony," 24 July 2019 Climate scientists predict that droughts will intensify further as the planet heats up. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Europe’s precious truffles are struggling to survive intensifying droughts," 11 July 2019 But instead of facing the brute fact that a nightmarish regulatory system has intensified the housing crisis, progressives blame the influx of tech workers. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 Greg Dildine, secretary of the Stoneleigh Community Association and a former president, said the problem has intensified in recent years as development has expanded the amount of impervious surface in the watershed. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Stoneleigh stormwater drainage project to get started this summer, county says," 10 June 2019 The Trump administration is demanding that Mexican authorities intensify efforts to prevent Central American migrants from crossing Mexico to reach the United States. David Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump reports headway in US-Mexico talks on migrants but renews tariff threat," 6 June 2019 Amazon is not a fan of unions The union drive in New York will certainly intensify the ongoing labor disputes at Amazon. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Amazon workers in New York just announced their plan to unionize," 12 Dec. 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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