intensify

[ in-ten-suh-fahy ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn səˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), in·ten·si·fied, in·ten·si·fy·ing.

to make intense or more intense.
to make more acute; strengthen or sharpen.
Photography. to increase the density and contrast of (a negative) chemically.

verb (used without object), in·ten·si·fied, in·ten·si·fy·ing.

to become intense or more intense.

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Origin of intensify

First recorded in 1810–20; intense + -ify

synonym study for intensify

1, 2. See aggravate.

OTHER WORDS FROM intensify

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intensify

aggravate, intensify , worsen(see synonym study at aggravate).
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British Dictionary definitions for intensify

intensify
/ (ɪnˈtɛnsɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

to make or become intense or more intense
(tr) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)

Derived forms of intensify

intensification, noun
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