[ in-tens ]
/ ɪnˈtɛns /
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
in·tense·ly, adverbin·tense·ness, nounhy·per·in·tense, adjectivehy·per·in·tense·ly, adverb
hy·per·in·tense·ness, nouno·ver·in·tense, adjectiveo·ver·in·tense·ly, adverbo·ver·in·tense·ness, nounsu·per·in·tense, adjectivesu·per·in·tense·ly, adverbsu·per·in·tense·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperintense
/ (ɪnˈtɛns) /
of extreme force, strength, degree, or amountintense heat
characterized by deep or forceful feelingsan intense person
Derived Formsintensely, adverbintenseness, noun
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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