Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

intensify

[in-ten-suh-fahy]
See more synonyms for intensify on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), in·ten·si·fied, in·ten·si·fy·ing.
  1. to make intense or more intense.
  2. to make more acute; strengthen or sharpen.
  3. Photography. to increase the density and contrast of (a negative) chemically.
Show More
verb (used without object), in·ten·si·fied, in·ten·si·fy·ing.
  1. to become intense or more intense.
Show More

Origin of intensify

First recorded in 1810–20; intense + -ify
Related formsin·ten·si·fi·ca·tion, nounde-in·ten·si·fy, verb, de·-in·ten·si·fied, de·-in·ten·si·fy·ing.o·ver·in·ten·si·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·in·ten·si·fy, verb, o·ver·in·ten·si·fied, o·ver·in·ten·si·fy·ing.self-in·ten·si·fied, adjectiveself-in·ten·si·fy·ing, adjectiveun·in·ten·si·fied, adjective
Can be confusedaggravate intensify worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)

Synonyms

See more synonyms for intensify on Thesaurus.com
1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate.

Synonym study

1, 2. See aggravate.

Antonyms

1. alleviate, weaken.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for de-intensify

intensify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to make or become intense or more intense
  2. (tr) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)
Show More
Derived Formsintensification, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for de-intensify

intensify

v.

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper