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

But extracting these cannabinoids from the buds of the plant is costly, energy-intensive, and often toxic, resulting in chemical byproducts that pollute watersheds. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019 Sofas made this way also happen to be the most labor-intensive, and thus, expensive. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About 8-Way Hand-Tied Sofas," 5 Jan. 2019 Journalism was labor-intensive and thus also expensive. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 Though technically an exercise in figure drawing, the night was a fundraising event for the New York Academy of Art—a graduate school and gallery founded in part by Andy Warhol in 1982, dedicated to intensive training in the fine arts. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Send Nudes: The New York Academy of Art Hosts Its Annual Drawing Party," 15 Feb. 2019 The war effort still spurred intensive inflation pressure, contained only with wage and price controls. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Unrealistic Economics of the Green New Deal," 13 Feb. 2019 Pro Treatments for Dark Circles For undereyes that need an extra boost, more intensive options for banishing dark spots may be available through a little professional intervention. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles," 4 Feb. 2019 But with height comes obstruction, and some neighborhoods in the shadow of the most intensive development are experiencing it already. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019 The program recruits ten promising students from some 400 applicants each year from the region to participate in a year-long intensive culinary training program. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018

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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 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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