- 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
Synonyms for intense
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- of extreme force, strength, degree, or amountintense heat
- characterized by deep or forceful feelingsan intense person
Word Origin for intense
C14: from Latin intensus stretched, from intendere to stretch out; see intend
Intense is sometimes wrongly used where intensive is meant: the land is under intensive (not intense) cultivation. Intensely is sometimes wrongly used where intently is meant: he listened intently (not intensely)
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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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper