intense

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French intense, from Latin intensus (stretched tight), past participle of intendere (to stretch out), from in (in, upon, to) + tendere (to stretch).

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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈtɛns/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛns

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intense (comparative intenser or more intense, superlative intensest or most intense)

  1. Strained; tightly drawn.
  2. Strict, very close or earnest.
    intense study;  intense thought
    • 1828, [Edward Bulwer-Lytton], chapter XX, in Pelham; or, The Adventures of a Gentleman. [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 729841413, page 196:
      I rose by candle-light, and consumed, in the intensest application, the hours which every other individual of our party wasted in enervating slumbers, from the hesternal dissipation or debauch.
  3. Extreme in degree; excessive.
  4. Extreme in size or strength.
    • 1817 December, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Revolt of Islam. []”, in [Mary] Shelley, editor, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. [], volume I, London: Edward Moxon [], published 1839, OCLC 1000449192, page 207:
      And the bright air o’er every shape did weave
      Intenser hues, so that the herbless stone,
      The leafless bough among the leaves alone,
      Had being clearer than its own could be []
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages.
  5. Stressful and tiring.
  6. Very severe.
  7. Very emotional or passionate.
    The artist was a small, intense man with piercing blue eyes.

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intense

  1. Inflected form of intens

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From Middle French intense. Ultimately from Latin intensus.

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intense (plural intenses)

  1. intense

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intense (comparative plus intense, superlative le plus intense)

  1. intense

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intense f pl

  1. feminine plural of intenso

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intēnse

  1. vocative masculine singular of intēnsus

Norwegian BokmålEdit

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intense

  1. inflection of intens:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

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intense

  1. inflection of intens:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural