Definition of intensifier in English:


Syllabification: in·ten·si·fi·er
Pronunciation: /inˈtensəˌfīər


  • 1A person or thing that intensifies, in particular.
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    • You can also use it in conjunction with other intensifiers, such as descending sets.
    • Flavor intensifiers are being tested as a way to promote weight loss and an alternative diet.
    • We've compiled the 10 best intensifiers - proven methods for recharging your progress - and, this month, we'll analyze five.
  • 1.1 Photography A chemical used to intensify a negative.
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    • He later used a silver-based intensifier to enhance the foreground of this famous negative.
  • 1.2 Grammar An adverb used to give force or emphasis, for example, really in my feet are really cold.
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    • Some words and phrases used as quantifiers can also be used as intensifiers, as in: much nicer; much less; many more; a little better; a lot older; a lot too old; a bit too much.
    • You could argue, of course, that the over- of oversimplistic is chiefly an intensifier.
    • It belongs to the class that grammarians call intensifiers.
  • 1.3 short for image intensifier.

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