- to make intense or more intense.
- to make more acute; strengthen or sharpen.
- Photography. to increase the density and contrast of (a negative) chemically.
- to become intense or more intense.
Origin of intensify
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1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate.
1, 2. See aggravate.
1. alleviate, weaken.
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Examples from the Web for intensify
Even as the ranks of culture warriors on the right diminish, their zeal seems to intensify.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
Instead, they intensify with age, like peachberry wine, and occasionally (like Jesse Helms and Jimmy Swaggart) they grow rank.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
As fears of the virus hitting Europe intensify, health officials warn that paranoia and racial profiling may grow, as well.Ebola-Fueled Racism Is on the Rise in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 21, 2014
Amin, whom we met in the park, says that his highs tend to extend and intensify whatever he was feeling already.As Iran’s Marijuana Trade Thrives, Is It Becoming a Nation of Stoners?
August 10, 2014
Droughts and food shocks may intensify political and military conflict: more resource wars, more grain-price revolutions.Climate Change Needs the Politics of the Impossible
April 6, 2014
Old age and decay, bad enough in themselves, we intensify by our habits of mind.The Conquest of Fear
But he had the tact, if possible, to intensify his politeness toward her.
He then appealed to the people to intensify their conservation of wheat.Herbert Hoover
The hum of buzzing insects seemed to intensify the summer heat.The Twins of Suffering Creek
In order to intensify his will and concentrate it upon her, he was drawing her portrait from memory.David Elginbrod
- to make or become intense or more intense
- (tr) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)
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Word Origin and History for intensify
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