intensify

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verb in·ten·si·fy \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of intensify

intensified; intensifying
transitive verb
1 :to make intense or more intensive :strengthen
2 a :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

intensification

play \in-ˌten(t)s-fə-ˈkā-shən, -ˌten(t)-sə-\ noun

Examples of intensify in a Sentence

  1. We could hear the wind howling outside as the storm intensified.

  2. They intensified their efforts to increase sales.

  3. an intensified search for survivors

Recent Examples of intensify from the Web

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First Known Use of intensify

1817


INTENSIFY Defined for English Language Learners

intensify

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Definition of intensify for English Language Learners

  • : to become stronger or more extreme : to become more intense

  • : to make (something) stronger or more extreme : to make (something) more intense


INTENSIFY Defined for Kids

intensify

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verb in·ten·si·fy \ in-ˈten-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of intensify for Students

intensified; intensifying
:to make or become stronger or more extreme
  • Sunlight poured through the windows, intensifying the heat.
  • —Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean

Medical Dictionary

intensify

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verb in·ten·si·fy \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-ˌfī \

medical Definition of intensify

intensified; intensifying
transitive verb
1 :to make intense or more intensive
2 a :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

intensification

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