American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make intense or more intense: The press has intensified its scrutiny of the candidate's background.
- v. To increase the contrast of (a photographic image).
- v. To become intense or more intense: The search intensified as dusk approached.
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.
- v. transitive To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.
- v. intransitive To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render more intense
- v. To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.
- 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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“We need to change these appalling attitudes and in practical terms intensify their eradication from existence.”
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