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intensive

adjective in·ten·sive \ in-ˈten(t)-siv \
|Updated on: 19 Jun 2018

Definition of intensive

: 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

intensively

adverb

intensiveness

noun

Examples of intensive in a Sentence

  1. an intensive course in business writing

  2. an intensive effort to prevent an adult bookstore from opening in town

Recent Examples of intensive from the Web

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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.”

First Known Use of intensive

1604

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intensive

noun

Definition of intensive

: an intensive linguistic element

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First Known Use of intensive

1813

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Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms



INTENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

intensive

Definition of intensive for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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intensive

adjective in·ten·sive \ in-ˈten-siv \

Definition of intensive for Students

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

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intensive

noun

Definition of intensive for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

intensively

adverb
    • treat intensively


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