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Etymology edit

intense +‎ -ify. Compare French intensifier.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈtɛnsɪfaɪ/
  • (file)

Verb edit

intensify (third-person singular simple present intensifies, present participle intensifying, simple past and past participle intensified)

  1. (transitive) To render more intense
    to intensify the heat or cold
    to intensify colors
    to intensify a photographic negative
    to intensify animosity
  2. (intransitive) To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.
    • 2019 August 7, Marissa Brostoff, Noah Kulwin, “The Right Kind of Continuity”, in Jewish Currents[1]:
      Feminist critiques of continuity discourse have become increasingly audible within the mainstream Jewish world, intensifying last year after [Steven M.] Cohen himself was accused of serial sexual harassment.

Synonyms edit

  • (become intense or more intense): intensen

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