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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word intēnsīvus. See intense, -ive
Related formsin·ten·sive·ly, adverbin·ten·sive·ness, nounun·in·ten·sive, adjectiveun·in·ten·sive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedintense intensive intents Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of intensively

  • American authorities have long known al-Bahri; they interrogated him intensively after the 9/11 attacks.

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Historical Examples of intensively

British Dictionary definitions for intensively



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
Derived Formsintensively, adverbintensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for intensively



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.

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