in·​tense | \ in-ˈten(t)s How to pronounce intense (audio) \

Definition of intense

1a : existing in an extreme degree The excitement was intense. intense pain
b : having or showing a characteristic in extreme degree intense colors
2 : marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration intense effort
3a : exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose an intense student
b : deeply felt

Other Words from intense

intensely adverb
intenseness noun

Examples of intense in a Sentence

He shielded his eyes from the intense flash of light. She has an intense dislike for her husband's friend. After many years of intense study, he received his medical degree. School reform is a subject of intense debate. The work requires intense concentration. He was an intense young man who was very determined to do well in school. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Climate change is loading the dice in favor of more intense, frequent and long-lasting heat waves, Ebi said. Drew Kann, ajc, 23 June 2022 Freshwater microbial blooms, wildfires, coral bleaching and spikes in ocean temperature are becoming more frequent and intense in our warming world. Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 Specifically, the body starts making less of the hormone, potentially causing more intense and frequent migraine attacks in some people. Kirsten Nunez, SELF, 22 June 2022 Meanwhile, temperatures are rising nearly everywhere because of global warming, combining in some places with brutal drought to create more intense, frequent and longer heat waves. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 All participants reported more frequent or intense instances of eye strain, visual fatigue and nausea. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 21 June 2022 In recent years, a library of studies by scholars and even the National Academy of Sciences confirms that heatwaves are becoming more intense and frequent due to climate change. Marshall Shepherd, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Scientists have said that climate change is fueling more frequent and more intense heat waves in the U.S. and around the world. Denise Chow, NBC News, 19 June 2022 Statewide, Alaska is experiencing warmer temperature trends that can cause drying, which in turn can spell more frequent and intense fires. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intense

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for intense

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intensus, from past participle of intendere to stretch out

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in·​tense | \ in-ˈtens How to pronounce intense (audio) \

Kids Definition of intense

1 : very great in degree : extreme intense heat
2 : done with great energy, enthusiasm, or effort intense concentration
3 : having very strong feelings an intense person

Other Words from intense

intensely adverb


in·​tense | \ in-ˈten(t)s How to pronounce intense (audio) \

Medical Definition of intense

1a : existing in an extreme degree intense anxiety
b : extremely marked or pronounced a neurodermatitis with intense itching and burning of the skin— H. G. Armstrong
c : very large or considerable intense radiation
2a : feeling deeply especially by nature or temperament
b : deeply felt intense emotions

Other Words from intense

intensely adverb

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