- of, relating to, or characterized by intensity: intensive questioning.
- tending to intensify; intensifying.
- increasing in intensity or degree.
- instituting treatment to the limit of safety.
- noting or pertaining to a system of agriculture involving the cultivation of limited areas, and relying on the maximum use of labor and expenditures to raise the crop yield per unit area (opposed to extensive).
- requiring or having a high concentration of a specified quality or element (used in combination): Coal mining is a labor-intensive industry.
- Grammar. indicating increased emphasis or force. Certainly is an intensive adverb. Myself in I did it myself is an intensive pronoun.
- something that intensifies.
- Grammar. an intensive element or formation, as -self in himself, or Latin -tō in iac-tō, “I hurl” from iacō, “I throw.”
Origin of intensive
Related Words for intensivecomprehensive, in-depth, demanding, thorough, all-out, radical, deep, fast, complete, concentrated, hard, out-and-out, profound, severe, thoroughgoing
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Contemporary Examples of intensive
In fact, he taught the most intensive artillery course in the South and very likely the equal of courses at West Point.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
His son, Lennon James Picco—Chris is a massive Beatles fan—was put in intensive care but was never likely to survive.Cumberbatch Impressions, Dad Sings ‘Blackbird’ to Dying Son, and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 16, 2014
She was even moved from intensive care to her own private room.Joan Rivers: 'Death Is Like Plastic Surgery'
September 4, 2014
Intensive livestock farming basically means housing animals in artificial cities.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon
August 20, 2014
Those allegations remain to be examined and there are intensive discussions on options for doing that.Western Intelligence Suspects Assad Has a Secret Chemical Stockpile
Noah Shachtman, Christopher Dickey
May 1, 2014
Historical Examples of intensive
A discussion of the meaning, method and value of intensive methods in agriculture.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
Intensive grape-growing for local markets is not well developed.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
We undertook together an intensive evaluation of what had been experienced.Marriage Enrichment Retreats
The daughter of a teacher and writer, her education was intensive and varied.
New York is an island, and has all the intensive romance of an island.What I Saw in America
G. K. Chesterton
- involving the maximum use of land, time, or some other resourceintensive agriculture; an intensive course
- (usually in combination) using one factor of production proportionately more than others, as specifiedcapital-intensive; labour-intensive
- agriculture involving or farmed using large amounts of capital or labour to increase production from a particular areaCompare extensive (def. 3)
- denoting or relating to a grammatical intensifier
- denoting or belonging to a class of pronouns used to emphasize a noun or personal pronoun, such as himself in the sentence John himself did it. In English, intensive pronouns are identical in form with reflexive pronouns
- of or relating to intension
- physics of or relating to a local property, measurement, etc, that is independent of the extent of the systemCompare extensive (def. 4)
- an intensifier or intensive pronoun or grammatical construction
mid-15c., from French intensif (14c.), from Latin intens-, past participle stem of intendere (see intend). As a noun, 1813, from the adjective. Alternative intensitive is a malformation. Intensive care attested from 1958. Related: Intensively.