intensive

adjective
in·​ten·​sive | \ in-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce intensive (audio) \

Definition of intensive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or marked by intensity or intensification: such as
a : highly concentrated intensive study
b : tending to strengthen or increase especially : tending to give force or emphasis intensive adverb
c : constituting or relating to a method designed to increase productivity by the expenditure of more capital and labor rather than by increase in scope intensive farming

intensive

noun

Definition of intensive (Entry 2 of 2)

: an intensive linguistic element

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Other Words from intensive

Adjective

intensively adverb
intensiveness noun

intensive purposes or intents and purposes?

If you are casting about for the phrase that is used to say that “one thing has the same effect or result as something else,” you are looking for for all intents and purposes; you are not looking for intensive purposes. Your purposes may indeed be intensive in some way (we don’t want to know the details), but these two words are not commonly found together as an idiom. The pairing of intents and purposes comes from a 1546 Act of Parliament conveying that King Henry VIII had unlimited power to interpret laws; it contained the phrase “to all intents, constructions, and purposes.”

Examples of intensive in a Sentence

Adjective an intensive course in business writing an intensive effort to prevent an adult bookstore from opening in town
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Lebanon, where more than 80% of intensive-care beds are occupied, the government ordered most businesses to shut on November 14th. The Economist, "Out of practice Much of the Arab world is short of doctors," 21 Nov. 2020 The state shows this capacity each day using intensive-care unit beds and ventilators. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "How to read Indiana's daily coronavirus dashboard," 19 Nov. 2020 By comparison, $878 billion will go into stimulus for carbon-intensive industries without green conditions. Carlos Brito, Bloomberg.com, "BlackRock’s Fink and Eskom’s De Ruyter Set to Speak: NEF Update," 18 Nov. 2020 Thompson said the 30 surviving cats have had more than three weeks of intensive medical care. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "31 cats found abandoned in Escondido condo," 18 Nov. 2020 The state on Saturday had just 178 free hospital beds and 18 intensive-care beds available, according to the Associated Press. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Biden advisers reject idea of nationwide lockdown despite coronavirus surge," 17 Nov. 2020 Saphajpal said plasma and coagulation products, which cause the blood to clot, are being rationed, even for patients in intensive-care units, some with liver failure and those awaiting transplants. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Plasma shortage, fight club, pen pal programs: News from around our 50 states," 17 Nov. 2020 That number is still too high, though—enough to stress intensive-care facilities in many parts of the country. David Meyer, Fortune, "Nobody really knows which coronavirus strategy is the right one," 16 Nov. 2020 Wisconsin has some jobs directly tied to fracking because the state produces sand used in the process, but the vast majority of jobs at risk are in energy-intensive industries such as manufacturing and agriculture, the study found. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "President Trump says Wisconsin would lose 300,000 jobs if fracking is banned. That's implausible, experts say.," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ballet has the Otto M. Budig Academy, too, with a schedule of summer intensives. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Playhouse, Ballet are in the middle of massive construction. How's this gonna work?," 24 Mar. 2020 Lynx said many of the students who come for the monthslong intensives (another option) are divorced, or on their way to it. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, "How to Prepare Now for the Complete End of the World," 5 Mar. 2020 The non-profit holds annual summer intensives in each country, during which notable songwriters and producers teach collaborative songwriting, music production and music business in an effort to foster local talent. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Warner Music's ADA Signs Global Distribution Deal with Music Education Non-Profit Nvak," 23 Aug. 2019 In addition to the U.S., Spotify has also held Sound Up intensives in Australia, Brazil, and the U.K. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotify Announces Return of 'Sound Up' Podcast Accelerator for Women of Color," 7 June 2019 So Hong Kong has become a central hub for short-term theological intensives, distance Bible seminaries and networking conventions. Time, "Guerrillas for God: How Hong Kong’s Pastors Are Delivering the Message to China’s Christians," 5 Mar. 2018 Some students compete nearly every weekend during the season, which runs approximately September to July, and train at intensives and classes during the rest of the year. Lizzie Feidelson, New York Times, "Inside the High-Drama World of Youth Competition Dance," 21 Dec. 2017 Edwards is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and attended various workshops and intensives including Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey, Kirov and the New York City Ballet. Valerie Bonk, baltimoresun.com, "Ballet After Dark uses dance, meditation to heal emotional scars," 23 Aug. 2017 A member of the company for 12 years, she has been accepted into countless dance intensives over the years and this summer will study with the Milwaukee Ballet, the Kansas City Ballet and the Ballet Austin summer programs. David Laurell, Burbank Leader, "On the Town: From Sinatra to Madonna, student dancers channel the icons at Red Chair recital," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of intensive

Adjective

1604, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1813, in the meaning defined above

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“Intensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensive. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for intensive

intensive

adjective
How to pronounce intensive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of intensive

: involving very great effort or work
grammar : giving force or emphasis to a statement
of farming : designed to increase production without using more land

intensive

adjective
in·​ten·​sive | \ in-ˈten-siv How to pronounce intensive (audio) \

Kids Definition of intensive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : involving special effort or concentration intensive study
2 : giving emphasis The pronoun “myself” in “I myself did it” is intensive.

intensive

noun

Kids Definition of intensive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a word that emphasizes or stresses something “Quite” is an intensive in “quite a musician.”

intensive

adjective
in·​ten·​sive | \ in-ˈten(t)-siv How to pronounce intensive (audio) \

Medical Definition of intensive

: of, relating to, or marked by an extreme degree especially of dosage, duration, or frequency high-dose intensive chemotherapy intensive counseling for eating disorders

Other Words from intensive

intensively adverb
treat intensively

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