- 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 intensely
Washington was a passionate advocate for an intensely practical education for ex-slaves and their descendants.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
There is one intensely sexual passage in which the protagonist cannot tell if he is sleeping or awake.Haruki Murakami's Weird, Wonderful World
August 15, 2014
Who knew it was so complicated, so intensely evaluated, to be considered “internationally best dressed?”Are These Really the Best Dressed People in the World?
August 6, 2014
Then I realized his resentment was based on what an intensely competitive guy he always was.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
If I was intensely sick, they might feel generous enough to call the medical team to give me a shot to stop the nausea.I Detoxed from Heroin in Jail
June 28, 2014
I find I must be intensely individual, not to the exclusion of others, but in praying.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"I'm real glad you think so," said Blinky, intensely gratified.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It was the physician and not the man that felt so intensely.Hetty's Strange History
It was intensely cold, but dry, and there was little or no wind.The Field of Ice
The mind was intensely receptive, when it was receiving at all.
- of extreme force, strength, degree, or amountintense heat
- characterized by deep or forceful feelingsan intense person
Word Origin and History for intensely
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.