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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Discussions over student debt have intensified in recent months as Democratic presidential candidates and prominent citizens have floated ambitious plans to make higher education debt-free. Adeel Hassan, New York Times, "Cornell’s Medical School Offers Full Rides in Battle Over Student Debt," 16 Sep. 2019 The focus on Tebow’s potential testimony intensified after Ginsberg took the pretrial deposition testimony of Danney on July 25. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow now expected as witness in two drug trials against his trainer," 16 Sep. 2019 The church’s complicity in Africa’s subjugation only intensified in the colonial era in the 19th and 20th centuries as the church founded parishes, schools and hospitals across the continent, often with the encouragement of colonial authorities. Joseph Hellweg, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s Catholic Church faces competition and a troubled legacy even as it grows," 12 Sep. 2019 Existential partisanship intensified under Barack Obama’s presidency, on both the right and left. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Do So Many Republican Voters Support Trump? A Theory," 11 Sep. 2019 Our atmosphere and oceans can absorb only so much heat before climate change, intensified by various feedback loops, spins completely out of control. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, "What If We Stopped Pretending?," 8 Sep. 2019 The results demonstrate Cole’s skills as a representational painter but are sufficiently improvisational to embody the randomness of a tropical tempest, its tumult intensified by global warming. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019 With the Cowboys facing the prospect of going into the regular season without the focal point of their offense, negotiations intensified over the long holiday weekend. Mark Maske, The Denver Post, "Ezekiel Elliott reaches contract agreement with Dallas Cowboys to end holdout," 4 Sep. 2019 What was a Category 3 storm on Friday quickly intensified into a Category 5 by Sunday. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "How warm oceans supercharge deadly hurricanes," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of intensify

1817, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of intensify was in 1817

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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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