intense

[ in-tens ]
/ ɪnˈtɛns /

adjective

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Origin of intense

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin intēnsus, variant of intentus intent2, past participle of intendere to intend. See in-2, tense1

SYNONYMS FOR intense

OTHER WORDS FROM intense

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intense

intense intensive intents
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British Dictionary definitions for super-intense

intense
/ (ɪnˈtɛns) /

adjective

of extreme force, strength, degree, or amountintense heat
characterized by deep or forceful feelingsan intense person

Derived forms of intense

intensely, adverbintenseness, noun

Word Origin for intense

C14: from Latin intensus stretched, from intendere to stretch out; see intend

usage for intense

Intense is sometimes wrongly used where intensive is meant: the land is under intensive (not intense) cultivation. Intensely is sometimes wrongly used where intently is meant: he listened intently (not intensely)
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