- to make intense or more intense.
- to make more acute; strengthen or sharpen.
- Photography. to increase the density and contrast of (a negative) chemically.
- to become intense or more intense.
Origin of intensify
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1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate.
1, 2. See aggravate.
1. alleviate, weaken.
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Examples from the Web for intensifies
And Demme, by barely indicating the visual presence of the audience until the end, intensifies the closed-off, hermetic feeling.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
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Indeed, in conflict situations the rhetoric around honor often intensifies.How India’s Honor Culture Perpetuates Mass Rape
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The Full Moon, Friday, intensifies the need for intimacy to near desperation.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
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Yet the gregariousness of the web only intensifies his solitude.The Best of Brit Lit
August 20, 2010
As the Israel-Palestine conflict drags on, it blocks the resolution of urgent crises and intensifies looming threats to the West.Obama's Deadbeat Diplomacy
May 8, 2010
Benedick, reporting to the same tune, intensifies his misery.William Shakespeare
It only intensifies the pain and doesnt work much of a cure.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
To place white by the side of a color heightens or intensifies the tone of that color.Color Value
C. R. Clifford
Not that the Divine Spirit supersedes their human faculties, but He intensifies them.Lux Mundi
There are snow fields to cross, which intensifies the action.Pony Tracks
- to make or become intense or more intense
- (tr) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)
Word Origin and History for intensifies
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