- existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree: intense heat.
- acute, strong, or vehement, as sensations, feelings, or emotions: intense anger.
- of an extreme kind; very great, as in strength, keenness, severity, or the like: an intense gale.
- having a characteristic quality in a high degree: The intense sunlight was blinding.
- strenuous or earnest, as activity, exertion, diligence, or thought: an intense life.
- exhibiting a high degree of some quality or action.
- having or showing great strength, strong feeling, or tension, as a person, the face, or language.
- susceptible to strong emotion; emotional: an intense person.
- (of color) very deep: intense red.
- Photography. dense(def 4).
Origin of intense
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Examples from the Web for intense
During the intense firefight that followed, four Kurdish fighters died, including three of Ahmed's cousins.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
The relationship between you and your fans, you say, is intense, particularly over social media.Portrait of the Austin Mahone as a Teen Idol
December 10, 2014
The Republicans he believes are driven at least in part by their intense dislike of Obama.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It
December 5, 2014
However, tradition overwhelmed the legal victory, and she sadly succumbed to the intense pressure to marry her attacker.We’re Not Done in Afghanistan
December 5, 2014
They may not receive public acclaim, but their pride in their work is as intense as their labors.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
Traffic was intense, and had reached what might be supposed its acme.
I too want to have experiences, to live where life's beat is most intense.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The hostility to this seemingly harmless teaching was of the most intense.The Conquest of Fear
He went close to the Inspector, and spoke with intense seriousness.Within the Law
His passion is so intense that he has no desire to paint her seduction as greater than it was.The Man Shakespeare
- of extreme force, strength, degree, or amountintense heat
- characterized by deep or forceful feelingsan intense person
Word Origin and History for intense
c.1400, from Middle French intense (13c.), from Latin intensus "stretched, strained, tight," originally past participle of intendere "to stretch out, strain" (see intend); thus, literally, "high-strung." Related: Intensely.