[ in-tens ]
/ ɪnˈtɛns /


Origin of intense

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intēnsus, variant of intentus intent2, past participle of intendere to intend. See in-2, tense1

Related forms

Can be confused

intense intensive intents Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intense

British Dictionary definitions for intense


/ (ɪnˈtɛns) /


of extreme force, strength, degree, or amountintense heat
characterized by deep or forceful feelingsan intense person

Derived Forms

intensely, 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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