intensive

adjective
in·​ten·​sive | \in-ˈten(t)-siv \

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

But that won’t always be possible because some games are too resource-intensive. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "MSI Oculux NXG251 monitor review: faster isn’t always better," 29 Nov. 2018 Jobs were labor-intensive, with software written in a bespoke programming language and taught one-on-one. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Palantir Has a $20 Billion Valuation and a Bigger Problem: It Keeps Losing Money," 12 Nov. 2018 Overall, the company is claiming about a 20-percent performance improvement over the current Xeon SPs and 240 percent over AMD's Epyc, with bigger gains coming in workloads that are particularly memory bandwidth intensive. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel announces Cascade Lake Xeons: 48 cores and 12-channel memory per socket," 5 Nov. 2018 For several reasons, this is seen as the most ideal landing spot, as changing orbital inclination can be fuel intensive. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Menacing Ice Spikes on Europa Could Endanger Future Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 The first appointment is quite intensive, with lots of questions, smelling, and analysis of your tastes and personality. Nicole Berrie, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Gorgeous European Souvenirs Are Made Just For You," 28 Sep. 2018 Sugar said the work is labor intensive, requiring behavioral analysis technicians, assistants and supervisors to work with children from 10 to 30 hours a week. Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "Florida autism therapists say Medicaid payment delays harm patients and hurt business," 31 May 2018 While the Swift 7 beat out most of the competition on our graphics-intensive test, devices including the XPS 13 and the Spectre 13 lasted longer on our Wi-Fi test. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises," 8 Nov. 2018 These are carbon-intensive businesses like aluminum and steel that are highly exposed to international competition. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 These intensives are modern-day miniatures of the old C.M.S. experience. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Creative Music Studio Changes Hands at a Critical Moment for Jazz," 26 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

adjective

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 \

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 \

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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