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[in-ten-suh-fahy] /ɪnˈtɛn səˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), intensified, intensifying.
to make intense or more intense.
to make more acute; strengthen or sharpen.
Photography. to increase the density and contrast of (a negative) chemically.
verb (used without object), intensified, intensifying.
to become intense or more intense.
Origin of intensify
First recorded in 1810-20; intense + -ify
Related forms
intensification, noun
de-intensify, verb, de-intensified, de-intensifying.
overintensification, noun
overintensify, verb, overintensified, overintensifying.
self-intensified, adjective
self-intensifying, adjective
unintensified, adjective
Can be confused
aggravate, intensify, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)
1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate.
1. alleviate, weaken.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See aggravate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for intensification
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  • An intensification of the vague footsteps I had thought I heard before.

  • The blue may carry a factor which brings about intensification of the brown pigment.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • All history teaches by example, and the Scriptural narrative is the intensification of history.

    Sermons J. B. Lightfoot
  • It seemed to me an intensification of the snob instinct in the soul of man.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • The second year is but an intensification of the process apparent in the first.

    The French Revolution Hilaire Belloc
  • The last few years have seen an intensification of localism.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry
  • The crisis developed an intensification of the distrust of the bourgeoisie by the proletariat.


    John Spargo
  • If they receive support and intensification they regain complete clearness.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • It is a constant factor of language, but its usual function is special emphasis or intensification.

British Dictionary definitions for intensification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to make or become intense or more intense
(transitive) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)
Derived Forms
intensification, noun
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Word Origin and History for intensification

1847, noun of action from intensify.



1817, from intense + -ify, first attested in Coleridge, in place of intend, which he said no longer was felt as connected with intense. Middle English used intensen (v.) "to increase (something), strengthen, intensify," early 15c. Related: Intensified; intensifying.

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