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intensifier

[in-ten-suh-fahy-er] /ɪnˈtɛn səˌfaɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that intensifies.
2.
Grammar. a word, especially an adverb, or other linguistic element that indicates, and usually increases, the degree of emphasis or force to be given to the element it modifies, as very or somewhat; intensive adverb.
3.
a ram-operated device for increasing hydraulic pressure.
Origin of intensifier
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; intensify + -er1
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intensifier

/ɪnˈtɛnsɪˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that intensifies
2.
a word, esp an adjective or adverb, that has little semantic content of its own but that serves to intensify the meaning of the word or phrase that it modifies: awfully and up are intensifiers in the phrases awfully sorry and cluttered up
3.
a substance, esp one containing silver or uranium, used to increase the density of a photographic film or plate Compare reducer (sense 1)
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