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.

Origin of intensify

First recorded in 1810–20; intense + -ify

Related forms

Can be confused

aggravate intensify worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)

Synonym study

1, 2. See 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

intensification, noun
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