[ in-ten-siv ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn sɪv /



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.”

Nearby words

  1. intension,
  2. intensional,
  3. intensional object,
  4. intensitometer,
  5. intensity,
  6. intensive care,
  7. intensive care unit,
  8. intensively,
  9. intent,
  10. intention

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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British Dictionary definitions for intensiveness


/ (ɪnˈtɛnsɪv) /



an intensifier or intensive pronoun or grammatical construction
Derived Formsintensively, adverbintensiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for intensiveness



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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