intensifier

[in-ten-suh-fahy-er]
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noun

a person or thing that intensifies.
Grammar. a word, especially an adverb, or other linguistic element that indicates, and usually increases, the degree of emphasis or force to be given to the element it modifies, as very or somewhat; intensive adverb.
a ram-operated device for increasing hydraulic pressure.

Nearby words

  1. intens,
  2. intens.,
  3. intense,
  4. intensely,
  5. intensification,
  6. intensify,
  7. intension,
  8. intensional,
  9. intensional object,
  10. intensitometer

Origin of intensifier

First recorded in 1825–35; intensify + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for intensifier

intensifier

noun

a person or thing that intensifies
a word, esp an adjective or adverb, that has little semantic content of its own but that serves to intensify the meaning of the word or phrase that it modifies: awfully and up are intensifiers in the phrases awfully sorry and cluttered up
a substance, esp one containing silver or uranium, used to increase the density of a photographic film or plateCompare reducer (def. 1)
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