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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French intensif, from Medieval Latin intensivus, from Latin intensus, from intendere; related to intend.

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intensive (comparative more intensive, superlative most intensive)

  1. Thorough; to a great degree; with intensity.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections, rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
  2. Demanding; requiring a great amount of work etc.
    This job is difficult because it is so labour-intensive.
  3. Highly concentrated.
    I took a three-day intensive course in finance.
  4. (obsolete) Stretched; allowing intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir M. Hale to this entry?)
  5. Characterized by persistence; intent; assiduous.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir H. Wotton to this entry?)
  6. (grammar) Serving to give force or emphasis.
    an intensive verb or preposition
  7. (medicine) Related to the need to manage life-threatening conditions by means of sophisticated life support and monitoring.
    She was moved to the intensive-care unit of the hospital.

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intensive (plural intensives)

  1. (linguistics) Form of a word with a stronger or more forceful sense than the root on which the intensive is built.

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FrenchEdit

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intensive

  1. feminine singular of intensif

GermanEdit

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intensive

  1. inflection of intensiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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intensive f pl

  1. Feminine plural of adjective intensivo.

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

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intensive

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

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intensive

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