Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make intense or more intense: The press has intensified its scrutiny of the candidate's background.
  • transitive v. To increase the contrast of (a photographic image).
  • intransitive v. To become intense or more intense: The search intensified as dusk approached.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.
  • v. To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.
  • transitive v. To render more intense

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render intense or more intense; heighten the action or some quality of.
  • Specifically, in photography, to render more opaque, as the chemically affected parts of a negative. See intensification, 2.
  • To become intense or more intense; act with greater effort or energy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark
  • v. become more intense
  • v. increase in extent or intensity
  • v. make more intense, stronger, or more marked

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Examples

  • The fall-out from England's dreadful World Cup continues, and the calls intensify for young blood to be drafted into the squad to revive hopes of glory in Euro 2012 and the World Cup in

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  • But punters in Carlisle who WEREN'T wearing them were the odd ones out as they witnessed the race for the Premiership title intensify - in 3D.

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  • Mississauga have plans to "intensify" - build more densely within their current built areas

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  • The escalating protest comes as international calls intensify for Mr. Saleh's resignation.

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  • If you sip a little cold water after you finished the artichoke, the anisic, licorice flavour will intensify, which is quite magical!

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  • Australia's stock - and futures-exchange operator, said it will raise the maximum penalty on market abuses to A$1 million (US$916,000) from A$250,000 as calls intensify for more disclosure about short selling.

    Australia market operator

  • Now, as margin calls intensify, hedge funds and others find they must unload even assets perceived as high-quality, such as bonds backed by the government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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  • Now, as margin calls intensify, hedge funds and others find they must unload even assets perceived as high quality, such as bonds backed by the government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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  • We need to change these appalling attitudes and in practical terms intensify their eradication from existence.

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  • The move comes a day after Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned Murdoch's Australian arm it faced some "hard questions" as calls intensify for a media inquiry following the explosive News of the World furore.

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  • The importance of the test will sometimes intensify the nervousness of the students.

    April 14, 2007