Definition of intensify in English:


Syllabification: in·ten·si·fy
Pronunciation: /inˈtensəˌfī

verb (intensifies, intensifying, intensified)

1Become or make more intense: [no object]: the dispute began to intensify [with object]: they had intensified their military campaign
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  • Still, analysts said it may need to expand overseas as competition intensified.
  • The place to be these days is in one of the accession countries, as the focus on EU enlargement begins to intensify.
  • A rush of warmth flowed through his body, and it quickly began to intensify, growing searingly hot.
escalate, increase, step up, boost, raise, strengthen, augment, reinforce; pick up, build up, heighten, deepen, extend, expand, amplify, magnify; aggravate, exacerbate, worsen, inflame, compound
2 [with object] Photography Increase the opacity of (a negative) using a chemical: the negative may be intensified with bichloride
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  • The researchers say that increasing the amount of zirconium may intensify the color.


early 19th century: coined by Coleridge.

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