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

Knocking the bugs down is organic but can be time intensive and must be done every day. Katie Bernard, kansascity, "Don't trap the Japanese beetles wreaking havoc on your garden — that'll make it worse," 3 July 2018 The process for perfecting the jewelry pieces was intensive. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Meet woman who created Wakanda's jewelry for 'Black Panther'," 28 June 2018 The project ran into problems right away when the removal of the old decking proved to be more labor-intensive than first thought. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Poway Swim Center won't open until after Labor Day," 27 June 2018 What’s more, processing satellite images is computationally intensive. Melinda Laituri, Scientific American, "Should We Always Trust What We See in Satellite Images?," 4 June 2018 Other seminars, each with its own theme, will be conducted in cities across the United States, with a flagship seminar taking place in New York City, bringing educators from around the country for an intensive 12-day program. Eliana Rudee, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Customizing Holocaust education, and applicable lessons, in American and Europe," 19 June 2018 Attain’s website states that Cook has experience directing residential programs, intensive educational programs and vocational and day services. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Carlton Palms under new management — abuse complaints suddenly stop," 11 June 2018 Banner Thunderbird Medical Center's Department of Behavioral Health offers an intensive outpatient program for adults and teens. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Know someone suffering from depression? This is how you can help," 8 June 2018 There is no environmental argument for keeping open coal plants, which are the most carbon-intensive form of power. New York Times, "Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants," 1 June 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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Phrases Related to intensive

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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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