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intense

[ in-tens ]
/ ɪnˈtɛns /
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adjective

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Origin of intense

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin intēnsus, variant of intentus, past participle of the verb intendere “to stretch toward”; see in-2, tense1, intent2, intend
1. intense , intensive2. intense , intents
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British Dictionary definitions for intense

intense
/ (ɪnˈtɛns) /

adjective

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